Is Chiropractic effective treatment for Headaches?

If you have a headache, you’re not alone.  Did you know that nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. Some may causing shooting pain, some may effect your vision, no matter what headaches can effect your quality of life drastically.

So what do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache?  Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.

Research shows that spinal manipulation or an adjustment – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic –  is an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. At West End Chiropractic and Wellness our doctors have had over 20 years helping patients suffering from headaches.

A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

Headache Triggers

Headaches have many causes, or “triggers.” These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). About 5 percent of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems.

Ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease. The headache itself is the primary concern.

“The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck,” says Dr. George B. McClelland, a doctor of chiropractic from Christiansburg, VA. “Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.”

So if your dealing with constant issues that cause headaches what should you do? Chiropractic care is a great place to start.

What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?

Start by finding a local chiropractor in your area that has worked treating different types of headaches. Your doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:

  • Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

To learn more visit us online at St. Louis Park Chiropractor or call us at (952) 500-8477. West End Chiropractic and Wellness is Minneapolis and St. Louis Park’s leading health and wellness team.

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