Migraine Relief through Chiropractic Care
Types of Headaches
Headaches may be common, but they are not normal. A headache is your body’s way of letting you know that something is not right. Whether your headaches range from mild to severe, the cause can be attributed to muscle tension or nerve or blood vessel irritation in your neck. Tension headaches and migraines are the two most acute headaches that patients experience.
Getting to the Source
Your neck consists of seven vertebrae, which can become misaligned. This misalignment can irritate the nerve root and constrict the blood vessels, causing frequent headaches. Aside from subluxations, there are numerous triggers which may cause the onset of symptoms. If left untreated, headaches can begin to cause additional problems throughout a person’s life.
Your Pain Relief
Various pain relievers are the most common approach to managing headaches. At Inspire Me, we have a more natural approach. We take the time to discover the true source of your pain. Our preventative measures will not only relieve your pain, but also reduce the frequency of your headaches. You don’t have to live with headaches or migraines. Contact us today.
I have been coming to Inspire Me for the past 3 months, and I have only had one migraine since beginning treatment. Prior to getting adjusted, I would get migraines at least five times a month, and they would last days at a time. I can honestly say, I feel much better without the migraines.Nikita
Types of Headaches
It’s very important to know which type of headache is causing your pain so that you can treat it correctly. Here are some tips that may help you narrow down your symptoms and put a name to your pain.
A tension headache involves a chronic ache or pressure around the head, especially around your temples or the back of your head and neck. These are not as severe as migraines and rarely halt daily activities.
More common in men than women, cluster headaches are recurring and normally happen in groups or cycles. They appear suddenly and are characterized by debilitating pain on one side of the head. This type of headache is often accompanied by a watery eye, nasal congestion, or a runny nose on the same side of the face.
Not to be confused with cluster headaches, a sinus headache may or may not be accompanied by a fever. Seasonal headaches that occur during certain times of the year due to allergies are not fever-producing. When diagnosed with a fever, there is usually a presence of pus that can be viewed through a fiber-optic scope. This is a sinus infection, which is typically treated with antibiotics and other decongestants.
Too much medication and overuse of painkillers can ironically result in rebound headaches. Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and other prescription pain medication can cause the brain to shift into an excited state, triggering more headaches. A rebound headache can also be associated with withdrawal symptoms as the level of medicine drops in the bloodstream.
A migraine is characterized by throbbing or moderate-to-severe pain local to a specific area of the head. It is sometimes accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound. Other common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and pain that interferes with, is worsened by, or prohibits routine activity.
Getting to the Source of Your Headaches
Migraines and tension headaches can occur frequently and cause severe, debilitating pain. In addition, some patients may also experience nausea, dizziness, and vision difficulty. These headaches can also affect bodily functions, mood, and daily life.
You may be surprised by how many triggers there are for headaches. During your consultation, we discuss your personality traits, body weight, lifestyle, and what you’re eating and drinking to find out if one of these is contributing to the problem.
Take a look at some common triggers for headaches:
Think twice before you skip a meal.
Getting too much or too little rest.
Steer clear of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and preservatives.
Dehydration can trigger symptoms.
They contain tyramine, a known trigger.
Especially in pill-form.
Too much coffee, tea, or soda.
PMS symptoms can be a trigger.
In your work and personal life.
Get Relief through Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care can help prevent unnecessary tension and/or irritation in the neck and head. At Inspire Me, we can find the source of your migraine headaches, and not just treat your painful symptoms. Our goal is to detect and correct any body dysfunctions. During your examination, your chiropractor will determine whether the headache may be caused, or aggravated by, any misaligned vertebrae in the spine. This condition is known as a subluxation, which may be creating undue nerve interference.
As your chiropractic doctor, it’s our mission to correct any neuromusculoskeletal (nerves, muscles, and bones of the body) source of your headache. We can find the source of your migraine or headache pain and help you heal without the use of drugs or surgery. Schedule your free consultation so we can develop a corrective treatment plan to heal your headache pain. If we’re unable to determine and correct the cause of your headaches, we will refer you to other specialists who may be able to help.
Your health is our only goal. Contact us today so that you can start enjoying life again!