HEADACHES & MIGRAINES

Introduction
Headaches are one of the most common reasons for visiting the doctor, with tension headaches reported most often. Although headaches are a common occurrence, they are not normal. Those who suffer from frequent headaches are often dependent upon medicine or completely disabled for multiple days every month. Headaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain respond well to chiropractic care which may provide a long-term solution for managing head pain.

Headaches are not all created equal. A traditional headache is mild with localized pain that can be managed with at home remedies. Chronic, recurring types like migraines or tension headaches can be frequent and intense and drive sufferers to seek intervention. Migraines are the most severe, with accompanying sensitivity to light, vomiting and blurred vision. Tension headaches and those that originate in the neck can be severely painful, but typically don’t affect strength, balance, or vision.

Causes
Headaches have many lifestyle causes. Food, environment, sleep patterns, and stress can all contribute. Tension headaches are associated with a muscle strain in the neck affecting nerves, muscles, and blood supply to your head. Muscle tension can be attributed to too much time at your desk or in the car, poorly configured workspaces, and a sedentary lifestyle. Poor posture and stance don’t allow spinal bones in the neck to support your head properly. Frequent headaches can be caused by a spinal misalignment that can irritate your nerves and constrict blood supply to the brain.

Symptoms
Pain is the primary symptom of a benign, simple headache. It can cause discomfort, but likely won’t impair your daily tasks. Symptoms of a tension headache are intense pressure and throbbing pain in a band around your head. Tension headaches can be very painful, but typically don’t include blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sound and vomiting that are the hallmarks of a migraine.

Diagnosis
If you’re experiencing chronic headaches and migraines, a chiropractor can assess your condition and determine the treatment best for you.After a physical exam, x-rays and other diagnostic tests may be ordered. These tests can determine whether there are abnormalities in your spine that will affect your treatment options.

Treatment
Chiropractic care is focused on overall wellness. Non-invasive treatments to provide immediate relief will help calm the pain and inflammation. An assessment of lifestyle triggers may be recommended as a preventative measure to minimize the frequency of headaches. Chiropractic manipulation is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of pain involving nerves, muscles, and bones.

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