Nerve irritation and/or subluxation of the spine is the leading cause of headache pain for many
Are you tired of taking medication for headache pain that does not go
away? Many people have found a more permanent
solution for their headache pain...natural chiropractic care.
There are millions of people who suffer from
severe, recurring attacks of migraine and tension headaches.
They spend millions of dollars each year on over-the-counter
and prescription drugs in their search for permanent relief. For
some, the medication works. Unfortunately for man, the relief
obtained is temporary at best. A cycle of headaches and
medication often occurs without any lasting relief found. If you
think this describes your pain then there is good news for you
For many people, the link to headache pain is nerve irritation. One
study, conducted at the University of Maryland, found that there is a
connection between muscle tension at the base of the neck and
headaches. Muscle contractions interfere with the sensitive
fibers at the base of the neck that lead to the brain and spinal
cord. This muscle tension often plays a contributing factor to
headache pain. A majority of migraine headache sufferers have
misalignments of the spinal vertebrae in the neck that is
placing pressure on the spinal nerves.
Our treatment of headache pain is two-fold:
This strategy works for many
headache sufferers, not only in our office but also in several
studies. One such study, conducted by the government of New
Zealand found that the majority of people who suffered from
spinal misalignments had their headaches relieved or their
condition improved through chiropractic care. And in follow-up
studies of the same patients it was found that many were still
without recurring headache pain two years later.
Of course, not all headaches can be helped with chiropractic
care. But, if you suffer from persistent migraine or tension
headaches you owe it to yourself to come to our office for an
exam and consultation. If we can help you we will tell you,
and if we can't, we'll tell you that too and refer you to another health care professional that
Frequently Asked Questions We Hear In Our Offices About
Can a chiropractor really get rid of my headaches?
It will help to understand what causes most headaches. Your
spine protects your nervous system which starts with the brain
and becomes the spinal cord. When the vertebrae in your neck are
unable to move properly, it irritates or puts pressure on the
nerves in that area. That can cause headaches. To correct this
problem (called a subluxation) a chiropractor gently adjusts the
vertebrae. Since most headaches are caused by subluxations, they
will soon disappear.
Why would I have spinal problems in my neck?
There are many reasons. They can originally occur during the
birth process, and as your body grows and matures. Also, falls,
sports activities, motor vehicle accidents, bad posture or
simply the stresses of daily living can cause spinal problems.
It is also very common for headache sufferers to experience neck
pain and stiffness.
But my headaches are migraines?
Migraine headaches are usually severe and sharp, throbbing in
nature, and generally affect one side of the head. Tension
headaches tend to occur frequently, last a long time and are
characterized by a dull, steady pain that feels like a band of
pressure around the neck. But despite these differences they are
closely related. Chiropractic care has been proven to be
extremely effective in treating migraine and tension headaches
as well as neck pain and stiffness.
What will the chiropractor do to treat my headaches?
Your first visit will include a consultation, examination and
possibly an x-ray to help diagnose your problem. Once your
condition is fully understood, your chiropractor will explain
your test and x-ray results and outline a treatment plan that is
tailored to your needs. Your chiropractor will use highly
skilled, gentle manipulations to adjust the spine.
Once my headache stops, does the chiropractic care end?
Your body continues to heal after the pain has gone. Continuing
with chiropractic adjustments helps to retrain your vertebrae to
hold their healthy positions. Your nervous system will function
more efficiently and your body will be better able to heal
itself. In time, exercise, a healthy diet, and periodic visits
to the chiropractor will help you stay healthy, pain free, and
live life to the fullest.