Headaches and Migraine Information

Three primary types of headaches can be helped through chiropractic intervention. Cervicogenic headaches are those that begin at the back of the head and move forward. Many of these are the result of injury to the head or neck that respond well to gentle manipulation of the cervical spine, joint mobilization techniques, and neck flexion exercises.

Chronic tension headaches can respond to craniocervical mobilization. This technique is far gentler than the spinal manipulation used to the cervicogenic variety of headache. Acute tension headaches dare common and usually due to stress and tension brought on by life in general.

The most debilitating headaches are Migraines. Symptoms of Migraine headaches include the headache itself, dizziness, nausea, and light sensitivity. Migraines, if left untreated, can become a disabling condition. The most effective chiropractic treatment for Migraines is a neuromuscular massage that focuses on easing up the trigger points. Relaxation techniques and stress management can reduce the pain, frequency and how long the Migraine will last. If these factors cannot be brought under control, migraines can become disabling.

Treatment Expectations

Treatment of these headache types is ultimately expected to release the flexion muscles in the neck, improve mobilization of the neck, ease the trigger points, and lessen the pain levels. The neck flexion exercises common in the treatment of all three varieties will stretch your neck muscles and ease the tension on the cervical spine, cranium, and other affected areas of the upper back.

Why Should I Get Examined at Scott Chiropractic

The long term benefits of seeking chiropractic intervention to treat headaches are:

  1. For headache treatment, the patient is given the tools of exercise, gentle massage and adjustment. The incorporation of all three of these components will allow you to learn to ease the tension that leads to these crippling headaches.
  2. Stress reduction techniques allow you to relax better. When you are relaxed, there is less of an opportunity for tension headaches to interfere with your day-to-day lives.
  3. By regularly practicing neck flexion exercises, your neck will be stronger and stretched out. This can also help you achieve a more relaxed state.
  4. Chiropractic treatment doesn’t include harsh medications that can be ultimately dangerous to your health

Frequently Asked Questions

Chiropractic treatment treats the actual factors causing your headaches or migraines and not just the pain from the headaches themselves.

Studies show that hydration can be a key factor in avoiding Migraines. Make sure that you always drink enough water so that you don’t become dehydrated.

Studies show that the average Migraine headache will last approximately 72 hours.