How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help with My Headaches?

How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help with My Headaches?

Most people find headache relief after seeking chiropractic help. The ability to think calmly enables one to make sound decisions. It also helps process emotions well. Headaches can destroy such clarity.

It is common to have a headache occasionally, but frequent ones can affect the quality of your life. Chiropractic care relieves headaches effectively as your chiropractor can treat its root cause. Studies show that chiropractic care reduces the frequency and intensity of migraines.

What Causes Headaches 

Headaches occur when signals interact among your surrounding nerves, brain, and blood vessels. When you experience a headache, your nerves send signals to your brain, informing it of the pain.

Types of Headaches

The common types of headaches include:

  • Tension headaches

  • Migraine headaches

  • Cervicogenic headaches

Tension headaches occur as a band-like tension all around your head. Migraine headaches occur as pain on one side of your head. It usually comes with nausea and sensitivity to sound and light. With cervicogenic headaches, you may experience pain in parts of your head and face. Your neck is usually the source of this type of headache.

Chiropractic Care for Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic headaches arise from neck problems triggered by injuries. They begin as a pain starting at the back of your head and moving to the front. The pain usually affects your arm or shoulder at the same time.

Cervicogenic headaches often do not get better with medication. They are the only type of headaches that use spinal manipulation for treatment. During the procedure, your specialist will use a small tool or their hands to apply a gentle force to a joint in your spine. They focus on the upper spine or cervical spine for treating your headache.

You can also treat the headache using joint mobilization therapy. Your chiropractor will move your joints to reduce pain and help improve movement. The treatment targets your cervical muscles. You can also take deep neck flexion exercises. Doing so will move your joints and muscles under your chiropractor’s guidance.

Chiropractic Care for Tension Headaches

Tension headaches that come in episodes are a common occurrence. They occur because of muscle tension caused by prolonged tension on your shoulders, neck, or head. But they improve with the use of over-the-counter medication.

Your chiropractor can use low load craniocervical mobilization to treat your tension headache. The treatment uses a force that is gentler than that of spinal manipulation. They will apply it to your neck to allow rhythmic movement to the cervical segments. Stretching also helps during the treatment.

Chiropractic Care for Migraine Headaches

Migraines come with symptoms such as nausea and dizziness. Your chiropractor can use various therapies to relieve your pain. Trigger point therapy or neuromuscular massage will help improve blood flow.

It will also relax your muscles. Your chiropractor will concentrate on trigger points within your head, neck, back, and shoulders. Doing so will help release the pressure that compresses your nerves. The nerve compression sends information to your brain that you are in pain.

Your chiropractor can also use a multidisciplinary care intervention. Doing so will help reduce your migraine. The approach combines dietary counseling, physical therapy, stress management, and relaxation techniques.

For more on neuropathy, visit Wallace Family Chiropractic at our office in Albertville, Alabama. You can also call (256) 408-9800 to schedule an appointment today.

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