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Chiropractic Care to End Your Headaches: Does it Really Work?

Headaches are a serious issue for those who get them often. Even if they don’t come on strong, they tend to wind up there. The irony is that we can actually accentuate mild headaches when we stress about them, giving them more power and control over our day.

Chiropractic care has been proven effective for mitigating your headache pain. Chiropractors believe in finding the root cause of pain, not just covering it up. Once a full body analysis is achieved, services can be provided to fix the injury, promoting less frequent and less aggressive headaches.

Let’s dive into:

  • Who gets headaches?

  • What are the different kinds of headaches?

  • Why we experience headaches?

  • How to manage your headaches with chiropractic solutions

  • And more...

Who Gets Headaches?

Headaches happen for various reasons, making anyone susceptible to them. Some headaches are due to an event, like lack of sleep or drinking too much alcohol in one sitting, but others are chronic, meaning they happen often and for seemingly no reason.

Chiropractic care can help all kinds of people who suffer from headaches, including:

  • Athletes

  • Those who were in an auto accident

  • Those with injuries to the spine

  • Sedentary lifestyles

  • Those who work for extended periods at the computer daily

  • Those of all ages

  • Those with high levels of anxiety or worry

  • Those who need lifestyle adjustments

  • And many others

different Kind of Headaches

There are four kinds of primary headaches, which are headaches due to sensitivities; a medical condition does not cause them.

Migraine headaches

Much more painful and debilitating than some other headaches, migraines cause throbbing pain and can make getting out of bed exceptionally challenging. They are generally triggered by events such as movement, light, and sound.

Symptoms include:

  • Severe pain in the head and neck

  • Fatigue

  • Visual disruptions or temporary vision loss

  • Nausea

  • Vertigo

  • Irritability

  • And others

Tension headaches

Tension headaches are generally less painful than migraines and often brought on by mental or emotional stress or prolonged periods of inactivity. Other common reasons include lack of sleep or straining the eyes.

Symptoms include:

  • Consistent pain

  • Dull, aching pain

  • Mild discomfort in and around both sides of the head

  • Tightness or pressure across the forehead

  • Tenderness in the scalp, neck, and shoulder muscles

  • And others

Cluster headaches

Some consider cluster headaches to be the worst. They are very aggressive and can last weeks or even months. Their name is due to their occurrence. Most last for up to 45 minutes and happen up to eight times in one day. Typical triggers are seasonal changes and alcohol or tobacco use.

Symptoms include:

  • Burning pain

  • Pain behind one eye that can radiate to the forehead, nose, and gums

  • Inability to rest easy or sit still

  • Congestion

  • Watery eye on the affected side

  • Sweating

  • And others

New Daily Consistent Headaches (NDCH)

When patients complain of new daily headaches, it can be due to medication overuse or an injury to the head, spine, or neck, as well as other lifestyle choices and conditions.

Symptoms include:

  • Long-lasting and constant pain

  • Moderate to intense pain

  • Pain on both sides of the head

  • Pressure or tightening in or around the head

  • Pain is stagnant (doesn’t worsen during the cycle)

  • And others

Why Most of Us Get Headaches

More often than not, your headaches are caused by your lifestyle choices and sensitivities. The good news about this is that some of these are modifiable, and with the right support, you can find relief.

Common reasons for headaches include:

  • Insomnia or lack of sleep

  • Alcohol use (often red wine)

  • Dehydration

  • Processed food

  • Nicotine

  • Stress

  • Certain prolonged postures

  • Lack of nutrients or food intake

  • Lack of physical activity

  • Too much physical activity (overtraining)

  • Improperly treated or unhealed injuries, such as whiplash

  • Too much time focused on a device

  • Environmental factors: season change or light, smell, and sound sensitivities

Chiropractic Solutions to End Your Headaches

Chiropractic care has been shown to end headache pain for many, and, with regular services, may be able to prevent them altogether. Combining in-office treatments with insight and guidance on important lifestyle changes, chiropractic is an excellent resource for those who want a non-invasive, natural way to end their headaches.

Chiropractors have significant knowledge of the spine and the soft tissues of the neck and back. They utilize methods that restore balance and alignment and reduce pressure on restricted nerves and soft tissues, alleviating your headaches quickly.

Our team has the experience and tools to perform:

  • Chiropractic adjustments- a highly controlled and targeted manual thrust to the affected joint of the spine to ensure alignment through the back and into the neck

  • Y-Strap adjustments- using a specially designed tool, we are able to generate decompression in the spinal discs and take pressure off of the suboccipital nerves, which often contribute to headaches

  • Soft tissue therapies- varied techniques that heal injured soft tissues, relieving pressure and allowing the body to function properly

  • Education regarding lifestyle and how to improve upon it to lessen your headaches

  • And others

Visit a Chiropractor and End Your Headaches

Our Reno chiropractic clinic has what it takes to help end your headaches. We’ve seen firsthand how our safe, natural solutions can decrease your headache frequency and severity. If you’re ready to start living life to the fullest every day, contact us; and let’s do it.

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