If you suffer from regular headaches and are tired of taking medication just to deal with daily life, you may benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractic for headaches is an effective treatment that can alleviate pain caused by tension headaches and other headaches that originate in the neck.
Spinal Manipulation For Headaches
The primary form of treatment done by chiropractors is what is known as spinal manipulation. This type of manipulation has been shown to be very effective in treating various types of headaches, resulting in almost immediate improvement in the patient. Spinal manipulation has also been shown to provide longer lasting relief from headaches than taking over the counter or commonly prescribed medications. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics did a study in 1995 that found that patients who were treated for headaches using chiropractic for tension headaches for a period of four weeks who then stopped their chiropractic treatments showed a sustained therapeutic benefit. Even after ceasing their treatments, they continued to do better than patients who continuously took prescription medication for their headaches.
What Can Cause The Headaches?
Many things can trigger the onset of headaches, including stress, noise, lights, foods, excessive exercise, insomnia, or even changes in blood sugar in the body. However, subluxations (misalignments) in the spine are often over-looked by general practitioners as a source of headache symptoms. Most headaches fall under the category of tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. Part of the reason why Americans are experiencing so many headaches is due to a lifestyle that requires sitting in one position for a long period of time. For example, the computer or office job. These positions can lead to poor posture and create a lot of muscle tension and joint irritation which can lead to headaches. Thankfully, chiropractic for can help alleviate this type of pain.
How Can A Chiropractor Help Headaches?
There are several ways in which a chiropractor can treat headaches in a patient. The chiropractor will perform chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulations that will help to alleviate stress and improve spinal function. The chiropractor may also offer advice on various topics such as nutrition, posture, and ergonomics, as well as suggest exercises and relaxation techniques that will help to relieve joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck and upper back, leading to a reduction in headaches.
Chiropractic care is an effective form of treatment that can help get rid of pain in the head and neck. In addition to receiving help for any immediate pain, the patient will also benefit from making valuable lifestyle changes suggested by the chiropractor that will help them remain free from headaches caused by tension and inflammation in joints and muscles. Chiropractors do not just treat back pain or neck pain, but can treat and improve a variety of other conditions, such as neurological problems, including treating sciatica with chiropractic, all without resorting to surgical intervention or use of medications in most cases. Why spend another day suffering from headache pain? Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.