The holidays are just around the corner, and while this is a joyful time for many, we also tend to put more pressure on ourselves, whether it’s in the form of diets, shopping, time restraints, or overbooked schedules.
This tension causes many to form tightness around the shoulders and neck which can lead to headaches. Regardless of the season, headaches affect virtually everyone at some point and they can present themselves in several ways, including tension-type, cervicogenic, migraines, and cluster headaches.
The good news is that there are ways to treat headaches without the use of medication. You may think visiting a chiropractor is only for back pain, but your chiropractor can also help treat your headaches.
Over-the-counter medications don’t actually treat the cause of your headaches. These medications primarily numb the pain, but the root cause is still there. Headache medication can also cause side effects worse than the original headache, and in the case of prescription opioids, they can even lead to drug addiction.
Getting to the root cause of your headaches is the only way to really treat them. Many believe that stress can cause headaches, but that’s false. How your body adapts to stress is what causes the headache. Chiropractic care can improve your body’s response to stress without pain.
Others may have injury-related headaches that don’t necessarily derive from the head. If someone has suffered from a neck injury, such as whiplash, they can experience head pain later on. These types of headaches are a result of tension in the neck caused by muscles tightening around joints that are injured or unstable. Chiropractic care is the right form of treatment because it can help these joints realign and remove the tension.
Chiropractors are spine, muscle, and nervous system experts with specialized training in diagnosing the underlying cause of frequent headaches.
Your chiropractor will work with you to determine if any lifestyle factors like diet, alcohol or stress are triggers for headaches, and talk through your history about accidents or injuries which may have led to your constant head pain.
Then, your chiropractor will discuss treatment options with you, which may include:
With the right treatment plan, chiropractic care can reduce or even cure your headaches. An Australian study found that 72 percent of migraine sufferers in a clinical trial experienced either “substantial” or “noticeable” improvement after a period of chiropractic treatment.1
Millard Family Chiropractic & Wellness has a multi-doctor approach to your health care. We offer multiple treatment options, a wide variety of appointment times, and the ability to see a doctor as quickly as possible.
Established in 2002, Millard Family Chiropractic & Wellness has proven to be your answer to pain management and overall wellness and function for the entire family. Contact us today to learn how we can help treat your headaches, migraines and more!