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Four Ways a Chiropractor Can Relieve Headaches

Four Ways a Chiropractor Can Relieve Headaches

Headache is one of the common complaints among American adults. Some headaches are frequent, others occasional. Some are throbbing and some mild. But, regardless of the severity and frequency of the pain, finding relief is paramount. Although pain medications can help, they are not an ideal option for everyone. If you dread popping pills every time you have a headache, we have a better option—chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care and headaches may seem unrelated. However, several research studies have shown the benefits of chiropractic for headaches. We use different chiropractic techniques for the different types of head pain.

What Type of Headache Do You Have?

The common types of headaches are:

  • Tension headache occurs as pressure or tightness around the forehead or back of the head.
  • Cervicogenic headaches are secondary and are as a result of an underlying condition such as neck injuries or inflammation. The pain originates from the neck all through to the head.
  • Migraines are severe throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head. It is mostly accompanied by nausea and heightened sensitivity to light and sound.

What Are the Triggers?

Several factors can trigger headaches such as stress, poor posture, lack of sleep, certain foods, alcohol, skipped meals, sinus infection, dehydration, and flu, among others. Knowing the type of headache and the trigger will help in finding the right form of chiropractic treatment.

How Can Our Chiropractor Help?

There are several chiropractor techniques that we use:

    1. Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation is the manual adjustment of the joints in your back and neck. These adjustments are effective for back pain and cervicogenic headaches caused by tension in the cervical spine. Our chiropractor specialist uses the hands to apply controlled pressure to the joints and spine. The frequency of the treatment will vary depending on the severity of the head, neck, and back pain.

Spinal adjustments are not for some people, especially those with an unstable spine, severe osteoporosis, people with tingling or numbness on the arm and legs. Before the chiropractic treatment begins, the chiropractor will perform a comprehensive medical assessment to check if you are eligible for the treatment or not.

Spinal manipulation is safe if done by a professional chiropractor. However, several complications can arise, such as herniated discs or compressed nerves.

    1. Massage therapy

Did you know massage can help with head pain? However, for massage therapy to be effective, the therapist must know the cause of the headache because different techniques give different results. The chiropractor can employ the use of different massage techniques such as:

      • Deep tissue massage focuses on strained deep muscle layers that may cause headaches.
      • Trigger point massage uses direct pressure to relax strained muscles around the eye region and the back of the neck.

The frequency of the massage is different in every case, but if you have frequent headaches, getting a massage every six weeks is beneficial.

    1. Physical therapy

Physical therapy involves the use of exercise and relaxation techniques to help ease tension and cervicogenic headaches. Soft tissue mobilization and manual therapy are some of the methods used to reduce headaches.

    1. Nutrition therapy

Eating a balanced diet is recommended for all people, but it is even more important to people with chronic headaches and migraines. Certain foods are triggers such as high sugar and caffeine foods, alcoholic beverages, aged cheese, processed meats, and gluten (for gluten-intolerant people). As you avoid these foods, increase your intake of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium. Our chiropractor will discuss the nutrition plan and the foods to eat for head relief and overall wellness.

Other Ways to Manage Headaches

To prevent the frequency of tension headaches, you can:

  • Minimize stress
  • Limit your use of computer and mobile phones
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise and stretch often
  • Treat any dental problems you might have such as TMJ
  • Focus on your nutrition and increase the intake of vitamins, especially the B-vitamins

Schedule an Appointment

Chiropractic care has proven to be effective for headaches and other spine-related problems. Visit Just for Health of It if you are looking for a drug-free treatment for your head pain. We believe one-size does not fit all that why we customize every treatment to the specific problem.

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