Headaches & Migraines

If you regularly suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, you know just how disruptive they can be to daily life. Inability to think clearly will be extremely detrimental to both your work and home life. Light sensitivity, nausea, and dizziness will make nearly any activity impossible.  Chiropractic care can often help.

What Causes Chronic Headaches and Migraines?

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There are numerous reasons why you could suffer from chronic headaches or frequent migraines. Stress, diet, allergies, TMJ malfunction, dehydration, poor posture, sinus pressure, and more can all be triggers for this type of ailment. Many people with frequent migraines also cite food intolerances as a reason for their condition. Essentially, a headache is the body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong and it needs to be dealt with immediately.  There is no such thing as a “normal headache”.

Is there a difference Between a Headache and a Migraine?

It is very important to understand the difference between a simple “tension” headache and a clinical migraine. While a general headache may cause intense pain, most migraine sufferers will tell you that the pain is intolerable. In addition, a migraine generally includes other symptoms, such as loss of vision, nausea, pain behind the eyes or ears, seeing spots, or sensitivity to light.

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How can Chiropractic Care help headaches and migraines?

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Chiropractic care is a commonly used, non-invasive method for reducing inflammation and pain often associated with chronic headaches and severe migraines. Why? When our chiropractors perform an adjustment, it often immediately releases the neck tension  causing many headaches. Many of our patients report the additional benefit of experiencing a  euphoric feeling throughout their entire body following a neck adjustment.

If your condition is caused by stress or anxiety, visiting your chiropractor on a regular basis can help to manage it.  Work postures are often the cause of neck and head pain. Correction of these postures through ergonomic consultation by your chiropractor will reduce the frequency or recurrence.

If it is determined during your examination that medical intervention is necessary, an immediate referral will result.  In some cases, your chiropractor may suggest massage, acupuncture, or changes to your diet if he feels your headache or neck pain have more than one causation.