Chronic headaches and migraines can be incredibly debilitating – and can leave you no choice but to stay at home laying down in the dark, waiting for the pain to pass. If you or someone you love suffers from repetitive tension headaches – it’s time to seek chiropractic care for effective treatment!
Migraines and Headaches – Why Do We Get Them in the First Place?
Headaches can be dull, sharp, or aching pains in various areas of our head (front, side, or back). Where the pain strikes depends on the cause, with common causes for headaches including dehydration, high blood pressure, head injuries, stress, and poor posture. Headaches can range in severity from mild to severe and can become debilitating if they become recurrent events.
The cause of migraine headaches is unknown – even though they affect millions of Americans every year. 1 in 6 American men and 1 in 5 American women report experiencing a migraine or severe headache once every three months. Many people experience “triggers” that increase their risk of having a migraine, such as alcohol, weather changes, stress, and hormonal changes.
Treatment Options for Headaches and Migraines
Despite the prevalence of migraines and severe headaches, there are not many treatment options available. Treatment is often based on preventing and managing symptoms – not reducing the prevalence and treating the source of the problem.
Common treatment options/management suggestions include:
- Managing triggers and reducing exposure
- Laying down in a dark room
- Reducing stress
Strong medications can also be prescribed to people who suffer from regular migraines. While these medications help treat a short term project, they do not cure the real problem causing the headaches in the first place – it’s time for another option.
Can a Chiropractor Help with Headaches and Migraines?
Yes, chiropractic care for headaches exists – and it is incredibly effective! If you’re looking for ways to manage your tension headaches and migraines, chiropractic care may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Beginning with an in-depth assessment of your symptoms and triggers, your chiropractor will collect information to get to the root cause of your migraines.
Many headaches are brought on from poor posture and chronic stress held in the vertebrae. Manual manipulation and mobilization of the spine can help reduce chronic pressure and stress in the spine to reduce the prevalence of severe tension headaches.
Releasing the restricted vertebrae in the spine through manipulation aids in restoring proper joint function, reducing chronic inflammation, and relaxing tension in the surrounding muscles of the back and neck.
Other treatment options your chiropractor may include in your treatment of migraine headaches includes soft tissue massage therapy, electrotherapy, ergonomic assessments, and lifestyle and diet changes.
Many clients see real, long-lasting results from chiropractic care for headaches. It is common for clients to report having fewer triggers, decreased intensity, and fewer incidences of debilitating migraines after chiropractic care.
Headaches and migraines can be debilitating – but they don’t have to be!
Rather than covering up symptoms or waiting for the pain to pass, treating headaches with chiropractic care is an effective way to reduce the severity, duration, and prevalence of your migraines and severe headaches. And we would love to help!
For more information about chiropractic care for headaches, please check out Dr. Frank Siraguso at siragusochiropractic.net. You can also schedule an appointment or give us a call at 816-272-3580.