When most people feel a headache developing, their first thought is to take pharmaceutical pain relievers. What many do not know is that there is a more natural alternative. Chiropractic care is an effective treatment option for headaches.
Research shows that chiropractic care helps with the diagnosis and management of headaches. Chiropractors use various therapy options to decrease the frequency and intensity of migraines.
A massage is a critical component of the headache treatment plan. The massage loosens any tight muscles and increases blood flow to various body parts. It also increases your range of motion. Regular massages reduce your physical and mental stress, a factor that contributes to tension headaches.
The chiropractor applies gentle pressure with his or her hands to stretch your spine. Spinal mobilization eases muscle tension and improves joint function. Muscle tension causes various types of headaches. Hence, mobilization is an essential and effective therapy technique.
The chiropractor uses an activator or his hands to apply some forceful pressure to your vertebrae. By manipulating your spine, he or she realigns your spine and relieves joint pressure.
Spinal manipulation also helps to relax your tight muscles and improve blood circulation. Spinal manipulation is beneficial if nerve irritations are causing your headaches or migraines. It relieves nerve pressure, relieving your pain, and reducing headache frequency.
The therapy requires a segmented table that moves along with the chiropractor’s gentle manipulations of the vertebrae. This therapy method improves your range of motion in your neck and back. It also reduces stiffness and tension. All this relief reduces the frequency of headaches you get.
Migraine headaches: Migraines are common across the world, affecting men, women, and children. Migraines cause pain in the head, light sensitivity, and vomiting. Some people also experience nausea and other unpleasant symptoms. These symptoms make it difficult for you to be productive.
Tension headaches: The contraction of your neck and head muscles causes this type of headache. You start to feel pain and tightness, especially around your forehead. The pain then travels to the back of your head and neck. Tension headaches cause poor posture, stress, and difficulty concentrating on work.
Cluster headaches: This headache type is excruciating. You feel it on one side of the head and may last anywhere between a few minutes and several hours. The headaches are called a ‘cluster’ because you get many of them in a day. The headaches may disappear for months at a time, then reappear. Some people have cluster headaches at the same time every year.
Chiropractic care takes on a multifaceted approach. Besides physical manipulation, the doctor must also understand your triggers. The chiropractor will help you determine the triggers so you can avoid them. Common causes of headaches are certain foods, insomnia, and stress. Staring at blue light for long hours also causes headaches. An environment with harsh lights and loud noises may also cause headaches.
To learn more about chiropractic care for headaches, contact Atlantic Chiropractic Associates in Milford, Georgetown, or Lewes, Deleware at (302) 309-9900 to schedule your appointment.