You can come to our office to see a chiropractor for headaches. This is one health concern that is difficult to ignore. Headaches can be incredibly irritating, forcing you to change your schedule, sit in the dark for an hour at a time, cancel meetings, or avoid having fun with the kids. Just the slightest movement or loud noise can set off your headache, making it far worse. With that in mind, treating it is very rarely an option. The key, however, is to treat headaches in a way that solve the problem, rather than simply mask it.
What causes headaches?
Some people get headaches from excessive stress, staring at the computer so long that their eyes become strained, or even being sick. However, as a chiropractor, we treat many headaches that are caused by issues in the neck itself. These can be mechanical or tension-related due to having tense neck, shoulder, or back muscles that pull.
What we need to know:
When you visit a chiropractor for headaches, tell us when your headache started. This way, we can ask questions about what you were doing and any other symptoms you were feeling. Asking questions helps us understand the issue and treat it quickly. Also, let us know if any certain behaviors or activities make it feel worse.
How we treat headaches:
There are several ways to do so, and what we recommend will be based on why you are feeling discomfort in the first place. For example, if your muscles are severely tight, we may recommend that you have a regular massage to loosen up your muscles and prevent them from pulling everything downward. If the issue is related to your vertebrae, we will use spinal manipulation to return your vertebrae to its intended and original position. Leaving your back out of alignment can bring about further muscle tension. In addition, your nerves can also be irritated due to a misalignment. This is because the overall blood flow can be restricted. The best way to address this is to have a chiropractic adjustment and massage. The two can work together to help you feel better quickly.
Overall, by visiting a chiropractor for headaches, you can get to the root cause of your discomfort, rather than simply medicating and masking it. Hiding your challenges will not make them go away. The same is true for masking them with medication. The only thing that will provide lasting relief is to visit our office for a spinal manipulation now and as necessary to ensure that your spine continues to remain in alignment and you can continue to have maximum mobility and range of motion.
Beyond spinal manipulation and massage, we may give you a list of exercises to try at home. By strengthening your back and shoulder muscles, you can help alleviate some of the discomfort that plagues those with back problems. Your core muscles provide critical support, so by completing light exercises, you may find that your overall discomfort is greatly reduced.