3 Types of Headaches Chiropractic Treatment Can Help
Headaches are arguably the most common pain complaint among Canadians. They can range from annoying to debilitating and may last minutes or hours.
Evidence has demonstrated that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulative therapy, can be an effective treatment for migraine, tension-type, and cervicogenic headaches.
Treatment is available from your South Edmonton Chiropractor to address your headache pain. While it’s very true that chiropractic techniques focus on the spine, the spine is actually the main conduit of most bodily sensation and function – including pain. The professionals at Whyte Avenue Chiropractic & Wellness Centre use spinal adjustment and other techniques to relieve pain in various parts of the head and reduce the frequency of headaches. Below are some of the ways that expert chiropractic care can help with various headache types.
Migraines are chronic, severe headaches that last over four hours. Migraine victims can have crippling pain and often experience sensitivity to light and/or sound, known as photophobia and phonophobia. While the exact cause of migraine headaches is not yet completely clear, there is scientific evidence that chiropractic adjustment for migraines often results in reduced headache pain.
Going beyond spinal adjustment, many migraine sufferers find relief from soft tissue therapy performed by a chiropractor, such as myofascial release. This allows for increased blood flow to the muscles and connective tissue of the head. Since decreased blood supply is thought to be one cause of migraine headaches, these chiropractic techniques may directly reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Almost everyone has experienced a tension headache during their life. The causes are numerous, including poor posture, stress, anxiety, injury, eye strain and grinding of the teeth. These headaches usually form in the temples and back of the head.
Chiropractic care from your South Edmonton chiropractor for tension headaches is extremely effective as it addresses both muscle tightness and spinal restrictions or misalignment. Tension headaches in the back of the head, or occipital neuralgia, are particularly amenable to chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue techniques since discomfort in this area is often referred from the neck. A chiropractor can hone in on the exact areas of pain and provide both spinal adjustments and focused massage to soothe irritated nerves and muscles. Stretching exercises and postural education are also used to reduce prevent and reduce tension headaches.
Cervicogenic headaches stem from the neck or cervical spine structures. Pain can be triggered or worsened by neck movement. Pain is usually on one side of the head. It can start at the base of the skull and spread to the front of the head. Spinal manipulation is an effective treatment for this type of headache.
Chiropractic is Ideal for Headache Pain Management
Your Edmonton chiropractors can assess, diagnose and manage headaches; however, in some cases, referral and co-management may be the most appropriate course of treatment. Eliminating the trouble at the source often leads to a complete resolution of headache pain.
Chiropractic treatment techniques are time tested and provide genuine pain management. These techniques may include spinal manipulation, mobilization, soft tissue therapy, stretches, rehabilitation, traction, exercise, ergonomics, and education.
Chronic and severe headaches are debilitating and diminish quality of life. If you’re afflicted with headaches, you don’t have to suffer. Chiropractic care for headaches offers a path to effective pain relief and a better life.