Headaches are a common, recurring source of pain for many people. While there are many over-the-counter and prescription medications to control headache pain, they only really serve to cover the pain without treating the cause. What’s more, many headache medications have serious side effects, which are exacerbated by long-term use. People who are hoping to find natural and holistic solutions to their chronic headaches often turn to our Scottsdale Chiropractic office for help.
What Causes Headaches?
Headaches can arise from muscular tension, sinus congestion, eyestrain, vascular problems and many other causes. Their starting point can be in the back of the head, over the eyes, on the top or sides of the head, or centered behind the eyes. The pain associated with headaches ranges from mild to throbbing, relentless pain.
Many studies suggest that chiropractic help can effectively treat headaches; many patients find lasting relief from their headache pain via chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Treatment and Headaches
These headaches are caused by muscular contraction and tension in the shoulders, neck and head. This tension can occur as a result of emotional stress, although injuries can also cause this pattern of muscle contraction.
Over time, this tension leads to uneven stresses on the spine. To compensate, the body alters its posture and movement. Misalignment leads to more tension and contraction.
Especially when combined with massage and trigger point therapy, chiropractic adjustments can release this muscle tension and realign the skeleton to break this cycle of pain.
While migraines can be caused or worsened by many factors, they begin as a vascular problem, when blood vessels in the head begin to dilate.
Preliminary clinical studies suggest that chiropractic adjustment may prevent migraines. Through adjustment and manipulation of the neck and spine, migraines can often be prevented or reduced by reducing nervous system irritation in the spine, and also improving vascular flow.
How do Chiropractors Treat Headaches?
How Will a Doctor of Chiropractic Treat Headaches?
Spinal manipulation improves spinal alignment, reduces nerve irritation, relaxes muscle tension and improves vascular flow. To further help clients, chiropractors will often recommend stretches and exercise to help with blood flow and relaxation.
Chiropractic care provides a comprehensive, holistic, treatment plan for persistent headaches, affording patients the opportunity to live a happier life free from pain.