A chiropractor can provide drug-free relief from chronic headache pain that you won't get from other medical professionals. The chiropractic difference is matching the underlying causes of your headache to an effective, non-toxic, natural treatment.
Why do people get headaches?
While there are as many headaches as there are people, the underlying causes of about 95% of headaches fall into one of these five categories:
- Tension headaches.
- Cluster headache.
- Cervicogenic headache (headache that originates with muscle tension in the neck)
- Digital eye strain
A chiropractor can help you with these five common causes of headaches and a lot more. Your treatment won't involve any kind of addictive, expensive, or side effect-prone medication — not even an aspirin. Chiropractic care for headaches corrects the cause of the pain while it relieves the pain.
Now let's take a look at what your chiropractor can do for these common causes of headache.
Chiropractic Care for Migraine
Your chiropractor is an expert in an often-overlooked intervention for migraine relief: Helping your mind and body work together. Your chiropractor can help you identify the emotions, environmental conditions, sights, sounds, smells, and chemicals that trigger migraine attacks.
This kind of intervention works. Some scientists dismiss it as a placebo effect, but it's not. It's helping you navigate your daily life so the things you do don't set off migraine pain.
But that's not all your chiropractor can do for migraines.
Chiropractic management of migraine headache usually includes Gonstead technique. This is a low-impact, very quick, very specific chiropractic manipulation that helps your body remember "I don't have to have migraine pain. A published, scientifically rigorous, clinical trial proves that it gives migraine relief. With chiropractic treatment, you can expect your migraine headaches to become less frequent and less severe.
Chiropractic Care for Tension Headache
Duke University is renowned for medical research. In 2001, researchers at Duke published their findings in a study of chiropractic treatment of tension headaches, the kind of headache that causes dull pain behind the eyes or in a narrow band around the head.
Tension headaches can cause pain behind the eyes, around the head, or both. Sometimes people having a tension headache get dizzy. They can last from a few minutes to a few days.
There are reports of long-term relief from tension headaches and depression in the mainstream medical journals like this article in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care. Your chiropractor can stretch and relax affected muscles, and help you retrain your brain in the ways it senses pain.
Chiropractic Care for Cluster Headache
Cluster headaches occur in cycles. They often wake up sufferers with intense pain in the middle of the night. They keep coming back for days or weeks. They usually cause intense pain around one eye or on one side of the head.
A chiropractor is an expert at identifying and relieving pinched nerves that cause cluster headaches. Often the problem is a pinched trigeminal nerve. Your chiropractor can relax it with gentle manipulation of the face.
Chiropractic Care for Cervicogenic Headache
Cervicogenic headaches are neck problems that show up as headaches. They occur days, weeks, months, or even years after neck injuries you might not even notice.
A sudden stop in a car crash or a sports accident or a fall can cause whiplash. In turn, whiplash causes microscopic tears in neck muscles.
Neck muscles are attached directly to the bones of your cervical spine, the part of your spine in your neck. They swell, and pull on neck bones. The misalignment in turn causes cervicogenic headache.
Chiropractors are experts at correcting this problem. You may not be completely headache-free after just one treatment, but a series of treatments will bring permanent relief to the problem.
Chiropractic Care for Computer User Headache
Have you ever thought about how much time you spend in front of a flat-screen or on a phone (like you probably are right now)? Most of us spend six to eight hours a day with our necks in unnatural positions hunched over a computer or a phone. Your chiropractor can correct the spinal misalignments that result in headache relief.
At The Wright Start Chiropractic, we're here to help. Call us at (925) 757-3309 or contact us online today to set up your initial consultation. Our offices are located at 3432 Hillcrest Ave, #200 Antioch, CA 94531
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