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Headaches

aches HeadachesHeadaches can be caused by a number of factors. Many headaches can be traced to neck or cranial bone misalignments. Fortunately, chiropractic has a number of answers for these types of headaches. To start, be careful of naming a headache. The majority of patients who have come to our office with a specific name for their headaches ended up NOT having the type of headache that was originally stated. By definition, migraines are one-sided headaches. This is just one of many examples of a label being incorrect.

migraine 1 HeadachesThe bottom line is this:

As a chiropractor we can have an excellent chance of helping the headache if the examination or x-rays indicate some type of malposition of the neck region or cranial bones. For example, if a patient enters our office with headaches and upon examination and x-ray their neck and cranial bones are in excellent condition, we will not accept that patient for treatment. The areas that we would treat are already working properly in this example, and therefore there must be a different cause to their headaches. By the same token, a patient may enter our office noting that they have been told nothing could be done for their headaches, or that they have to live with them. If, upon examination and x-ray we find the neck or cranial bones misaligned, there is a good chance that chiropractic treatment can be helpful.

Many headaches can be related to auto injuries, sinus difficulties, or any other neck related symptom. While there are other causes of headaches, these are the most common types of headaches and the ones that chiropractic works best with. The nerves of the neck, when irritated can lead to head pain that travels from the neck to the top of the skull and around the ears. Sometimes the pain can radiate into the face or eyes. These headaches can make it difficult to think clearly. Whatever the type of pain you have, a thorough chiropractic evaluation will help lead you in the right direction. If at any time we feel that your headaches are caused by something that chiropractic cannot help, you will be referred to the appropriate specialist.

headache HeadachesChiropractic approach

For years, chiropractic joint manipulation has been suggested as an alternative treatment for headaches, including migrains. Chiropractic therapy involves the manipulation of the spine to correct a variety of disorders. Headaches are treated both by joint manipulation and reducing muscle tension. Often at-home massage of the neck muscles is also recommended.

Clinical trials examining joint manipulation and headache treatment show excellent results. Chiropractic therapy for headaches often requires two to three joint manipulations a week for a period of four to six weeks. Many headache sufferers find fast relief with chiropractic care and enjoy regular maintenance visits to avoid future headaches.