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Knowledge Base: Headache Chiropractor
Are you looking for a headache chiropractor? Fast relief from headaches and neck pain is easier and more affordable than you think! Keep reading to learn more or schedule your appointment now.
Your constant headaches can really be a pain in the neck!
Headaches can range from uncomfortable to downright debilitating with never ending chronic pain. Issues in the upper neck or jaw can be the real culprit of chronic headaches. Years of bad posture, sitting long periods, carrying heavy bags, sleeping in detrimental positions, and stress are all contributing factors.
Even straining your neck forward to look at that laptop or smartphone can cause the upper bones (vertebrae) of your neck to tighten and lose their intended range of motion.
Just as your foot would react after walking around in a shoe that’s a size too small, tight neck bones can become irritated and inflamed. The strain on your upper neck ultimately causes the transfer of pain to the head.
The good news is these sources of head pain can be treated naturally with our help. Patients love our practice’s holistic, comprehensive approach because it addresses your body from a broad perspective. This helps us hone in and identify the real cause of your pain. Utilizing multiple healing disciplines like massage therapy and corrective exercise alongside chiropractic gives your body its best chance for optimal performance.
Recurring headaches demand more than self treating with over the counter drugs. Even for the ones that are bearable, getting to the root of the problem frees you up to heal properly and prevents more serious (and more painful) conditions from developing.
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Scientists have identified over 300 causes for headaches. Various pain sensitive structures and tissues including the skin, subcutaneous tissue, muscles, arteries, periosteal bone covering, and the upper cervical and facial nerves produce headaches when irritated or injured. Fortunately, only a handful of causes are responsible for the majority of headaches.
The most common of these headaches include:
Cervicogenic- problems within the neck
Muscle tension in neck and upper back with muscular spasms
Post-traumatic- following head/neck trauma, i.e. whiplash
Drug-induced- from analgesic overuse
We can help you eliminate headache pain, along with the need for medication, through chiropractic care. Our headache specialists uses spinal adjustment, manual therapy, and targeted exercise to relieve pain and reduce the frequency of headaches.
What do you need to know about headaches?
The National Headache Foundation lists 24 different types of headaches, which all have a unique set of symptoms. Headaches also have diverse causes such as medications, hunger, allergy, arthritis, eyestrain, and caffeine withdrawal. Most recurrent chronic headaches fall into three categories:
Migraine: Severe, one sided throbbing, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sounds. Can be caused by sinus infection and allergies. A migraine aura often happens before or during.
Cervicogenic: Headaches caused by a disorder of the cervical spine, and often accompanied by neck pain
Tension: This is the common headache experienced by many people. It is usually described as a dull, achy pain usually on both sides of the head
How does chiropractic treatment help a headache?
Chiropractic manipulation of the neck, combined with adjustments to the spine, significantly relieve tension and migraine headaches.
Spinal adjustments are also recommended for cervicogenic headaches. Studies show that chiropractic treatment provides extended pain relief and reduces the frequency and duration of this type of headache. After your Chiropractor completes a spinal adjustment, you may experience quick relief or your headache may gradually disappear.
What other therapy do you use to treat headaches?
During your examination, your chiropractor may find knotted muscles in your neck or upper back. These areas of tense muscles, called trigger points, are a source of pain and stiffness, but they also often cause headaches. Your doctor will relax the knot using manual therapy, such as applying pressure and deep tissue massage to the area.
Bad posture puts stress and tension on the spine, which in turn can cause headaches, so your chiropractor will evaluate your posture and help correct any problems. They may also teach specific exercises and relaxation techniques that can help prevent or ease headaches.
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What are the primary causes of headaches?
Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints, and many factors can contribute to them. This includes stress, poor sleep habits, colds and flu, alcohol, loud sounds or bright lights, eye strain and food preservatives.
Usually chronic headaches are the result of neck or back issues, including compressed nerves from herniated discs or soft tissue inflammation. Because the spine connects the back, neck, and skull, issues affecting the back and neck often have an impact on the head, resulting in chronic headaches that can be difficult to get rid of without professional care and intervention. Having a chiropractic evaluation is a good way to determine if neck or back problems could be causing your chronic headaches.
They can be triggered by an array of medical and lifestyle issues, including:
tension in the back or neck muscles
injury or trauma
bright lights and loud noises
reactions to medications
changes in blood sugar
high blood pressure
underlying diseases and medical conditions
spine problems, especially those affecting the cervical spine
How does chiropractic treatment improve headaches caused by neck and back issues?
Chiropractic care relies on a thorough evaluation of your symptoms to ensure you get the most appropriate and most effective care. Through gentle repositioning of misaligned vertebrae, pressures on nerve roots can be relieved, helping to relieve pain and irritation that are often the cause of chronic headaches. Plus, adjustments combined with deep tissue manipulation helps promote healthy circulation to facilitate healing and rid the body of toxins that can build up in the cells. You’ll also receive guidance on therapeutic stretching and exercise techniques to help relieve strain that can cause the spine to be pulled out of alignment.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is the spine the source of all headaches?
Not necessarily. The three most common causes are physical trauma, emotional stress or chemical toxins. Sometimes there may be a combination of factors. Our examination process helps identify the most likely cause(s).
What causes subluxations?
There are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes could include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions, and improper lifting. Emotions, such as stress, anger and fear can be the cause of subluxations. Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, preservatives, pollution and poor diet.
I was told it was “all in my head.” Now what?
The pain you feel is real. And psychological sources of pain are common. However, this “diagnosis” is often the last resort of health practitioners who have exhausted their possible explanations of the cause of your problem. In these cases, we’ve often found that undetected subluxations are likely culprits.
How many visits will it take?
Some patients enjoy results quickly. Others notice a slow decline in their symptoms after several weeks or longer of chiropractic care. It’s impossible to predict. If you’ve had chronic headaches for many years, improvement can take time. We monitor your progress and modify our recommendations as needed.
What if chiropractic care doesn’t help?
If we’re unable to find and correct the cause of your particular health problem, we will refer to other experts who may be able to help. Your health and your satisfaction are our only goal.
How come my medical doctor didn’t suggest chiropractic?
That’s changing. Years of prejudice and bias are giving way to research showing the benefits of chiropractic care. Attitudes are slow to change. However, as the public demands alternatives to drugs and surgery, more and more medical practitioners are referring patients to the top rated chiropractors.