Your headache or migraine may be caused by one or a combination of the following:
Stress tenses up our muscles in the upper back region and neck.
Overexertion damages our tissues around the neck and spinal region.
Pain from physical trauma may manifest after a few weeks or months.
Some people’s headaches may be triggered by an external stimulus such as alcohol, cigarette smoke, allergies, strong perfume, and many more.
Our neck and spinal column may become misaligned due to long hours of standing or sitting and sleeping in the wrong position. Out of place vertebrae may be putting pressure on sensitive nerve endings, which could cause pain.
Chiropractic treatment for headaches and migraines uses a holistic approach. To ensure that chiropractors are getting to the cause of your pain, your treatment will begin with a thorough review of your medical history and lifestyle. Diagnostic procedures and counseling will also be used. Depending on the type and severity of your pain, your chiropractor may use one or a combination of these:
Also called manual therapy, this technique treats back, shoulder, neck, and headache pain. A chiropractor relieves pressure on the joints, improves nerve function, and reduces inflammation using gentle thrusts.
Also called massage therapy, this technique involves applying firm pressure directly or around the site where the pain is to relax strained muscles.
Modalities may include acupuncture or electrical stimulation. Acupuncture is done by inserting needles into the skin. Electrical stimulation requires the use of a special device or patch that generates micro-impulses to stimulate nerve endings.
Headaches caused by triggers can benefit a lot from this technique. Chiropractors will teach ways to manage your headaches triggered by an environmental stimulus. In addition, they will also help you learn to do activities in a way that will not harm your body.
If your headaches or migraines are caused by an underlying condition, your chiropractor will refer you to a specialist.