Headaches cannot be ignored. They cloud your judgment and prevent you from enjoying yourself, even during a happy moment, such as your birthday party. You take a painkiller and it goes away, but only for some time. Some headaches will come back repeatedly, and you need to understand why they happen and how to actually heal them. We believe that chiropractic treatment is a safe and effective solution to your problem.
Not All Headaches Are the Same – Learn the Difference, First of all, you need to know that there are three main types of headaches. Each has a specific cause and a different approach to treatment: Tension headaches – you feel as if a band is wound tighter and tighter around your head migraine – a side of your head is painful, and you may also experience sensitivity to light and nausea
Cervicogenic headache – this type of headache is actually a pain in the neck, which propagates through tense muscles to the head. Many people use aspirin or ibuprofen to treat all of these headaches without realizing that what they actually do is dull the sensation of pain. Meanwhile, the cause remains and this is why many people suffer from frequent headaches, which drains them of energy and reduces their ability to enjoy life.
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How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help You Get Rid of Headaches?
First of all, the chiropractor will attempt to identify the nature of your headache. Tension headaches, for instance, are induced by stress, poor posture, and tiredness. Migraine is triggered by intense physical activity, alcohol, caffeine, or vasodilators. Cervicogenic headaches are caused by misaligned vertebrae in your neck, sports injuries, or whiplash if you were in a car accident. Depending on the findings, the prescribed chiropractic treatment for headaches can contain a combination of the following:
1. Manual Adjustments
Adjustments attempt to realign joints and vertebra, reducing tension, pressure, and inflammation. By relieving undue stress on nerves and muscles, the chiropractor will also remove the underlying causes of your headaches. Many patients report that chiropractic treatment for headaches including adjustment also helped them relieve other unpleasant symptoms they were not aware of, such as low energy levels and mild bouts of vertigo.
2. Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft tissue therapy involves applying pressure and kneading muscles with the hand or with mechanical devices. The principle behind this type of therapy is increasing blood flow to the affected area to reduce inflammation and tension. Good levels of blood flow ensure adequate oxygenation of the cells, removes damaged cells, carry nutrients to the muscle fibers, and speeds up tissue healing.
3. Acupuncture and Other Alternative Therapies
Chiropractic treatment for headaches sometimes involves referring the patient to a specialist in acupuncture, electrical stimulation, ultrasound treatment, and other alternative therapies that do not involve taking medication.
4. Encouraging a Healthier Lifestyle
In some cases, the chiropractor may find out that constant headaches are caused by poor lifestyle choices, such as:
- Excess caffeine or alcohol consumption
- Lack of physical activity
- Poor posture at work
- Irregular and insufficient sleeping hours.
In this case, apart from the chiropractic treatment, the practitioner will offer the patient useful advice to improve their lifestyle and enjoy overall better health and quality of life.
Are you ready to say goodbye to your headaches? Call us and book your initial appointment!