9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches
Our patients usually complain of the following
- Pressing. throbbing or tightening quality
- Mild, moderate, or even piercing intensity
- Pain on one or both sides of the head
- Pain during daily routine or workouts
- Nausea/vomiting, light Sensitivity, and sound sensitivity
- chronic pain in the upper neck, back of the head, and behind the ears
- Tension headaches
- Migraine headaches
- Neck related headaches (Cervicogenic)
- Headaches related to the skull and associated nerves (Occipital Neuralgia)
Research shows that spinal manipulation, one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic, is an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. Another study found that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches.
Our Approach to Headaches
Q: What life hacks do you have for headache pain?
A: Find postures that feel good to you, set up proper work ergonomics (work postures), take frequent stretch breaks, drink plenty of water, eat a diet rich in healthy foods, and get proper sleep. We have some possible other hacks sprinkled below.
Q: Other than chiropractic what other alternative therapies can help with headaches?
A: Common alternative therapies are dry needling, acupuncture, acupressure, myofascial release, yoga, and relaxation strategies like mindfulness meditation.
Q: Can supplements help with headaches?
A: Magnesium, Riboflavin/B Vitamins, Fever Few CoQ10, and Melatonin in some cases may help or play a role in helping in combination with other therapies. You should always seek medical advice before taking supplements to make sure of proper dosing and drug reactions that can lead to serious side effects.
Q: What is a trigger mean with headaches?
A: This is anything, such as foods, smells, weather, and stress, that lead to or “trigger” a headache. One tip is to keep a headache diary to track triggers so you can learn things to avoid to allow for more pain-free days
Tension-type headaches occur when your neck and scalp muscles become tense or hold a flexed state. Tension headaches are characterized by attacks from mild to moderate headaches.
Our patients with tensions headaches typically come in because of:
- Pressing or tightening quality
- Mild to moderate intensity
- Pain on both sides of the head
- No aggravation from walking stairs or similar routine activities
Did you know nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone who suffers from migraines? It is no wonder migraine patients come to us for relief all the time.
Our patients with migraine headaches typically seek treatment because of:
- Pain in a single location
- In and out or throbbing quality of pain
- Moderate to severe pain intensity
- Pain is brought on by normal daily activity (walking or climbing stairs etc...)
- nausea and/or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to sound
Neck joint headaches (Cervicogenic headache) is a chronic headache that comes from the neck joints. You will feel it in one or more regions of your head and face. These occur due to neck problems that affect one of the cranial nerves that run close to the spinal cord.
Head nerve headaches (Occipital neuralgia) pain is caused by irritation or injury to the nerves, which can be the result of trauma to the back of the head, pinching of the nerves by overly tight neck muscles, compression of the nerve as it leaves the spine due to osteoarthritis.The location of pain is related to the areas supplied by the greater and lesser occipital nerves, which run from the area where the spinal column meets the neck, up to the scalp at the back of the head.
This is a distinct type of headache where you will feel
- Electric-shock-like chronic pain in the upper neck, back of the head, and behind the ears
- Usually on one side of the head
- The pain of occipital neuralgia begins in the neck and then spreads to the head
- Frequent lengthy periods of keeping the head in a downward and forward position are also associated with occipital neuralgia
Everything you need to decrease annoying pain, stiffness, swelling and increase healing so you can get back to proper movement
- Hands-on chiropractic adjustments
- Myofascial release and many other manual therapy techniques
- Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization
- Rehabilitation exercises
- Corrective and pre-rehabilitation exercises
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