Chiropractic care for headaches & Migraines
A natural solution to help relieve and manage pain caused by migraines.
Understanding headaches and how routine chiropractic care can help
Types of Headaches
According to the International Headache Society, headaches impact almost 40 percent of the American population. Chronic headaches and migraines occur for a variety of reasons.
Migraines: Migraines can be caused by muscle contractions in the head or neck region and are often chronic. Bright screens, loud music, dehydration, lack of sleep and more can all be triggers for these often debilitating headaches.
Migraines With Aura: A type of migraine where you have a warning sign (an 'aura') that a migraine attack is going to happen
Migraines Without Aura: The most common type of migraine, which occur without warning signs and can last between 4 hours and 3 days
Chronic Migraines: Defined as having headaches on at least 15 days per month, with 8 of these days having migraine symptoms, for at least 3 months
Menstrual Migraines: Migraine attacks linked to menstruation and hormonal changes
Tension Headaches: A very common type of headache, typically caused by stress, and back or neck strain
Cluster Headaches: One of the most painful types of headaches, often occurring in cycles or clusters on one side of the head
Other Headache Disorders: There are many different types and causes of headaches, so it is helpful to understand which you have in order to manage your symptoms effectively
A frequent and overlooked cause of headaches is the malfunction of spinal bones in the neck and upper back. When bones of the spine lose their normal position or motion, sensitive nerves and blood vessels to the head can be affected. When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated they can produce throbbing headaches.
Each year, millions of dollars are spent treating headaches and migraines with prescription drugs or over the counter painkillers. While these medications may provide relief in the short term, they are not addressing the underlying structural cause.
By performing spinal adjustments chiropractors are able to work at the source of the problem, which can help prevent the need for headache medications. Routine chiropractic care provides patients suffering from migraines and tension headaches with a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative.
Chiropractic Care Can Help
If the spine moves out of position it can put pressure on the surrounding nerves. This pressure can result in many problems, including headaches. According to the American Chiropractic Association, spinal manipulation is an effective headache treatment option for many sufferers.
Safe and effective spinal adjustments can realign the spinal discs in your upper back and spine for relief from headaches and migraines. Using targeted methodology we adjust the alignment of your spine to improve spinal function and alleviate stress on the nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments allow nutrients to reach any damaged spinal discs you have, which helps improve acute and chronic neck pain and can reduce the number of headaches you’ll experience.
The kind of treatment for headaches will depend on what is causing them. At Beach Cities Chiropractic, we put an emphasis on understanding your history and lifestyle in order to determine the root cause of your symptoms. We will work with you to create a personalized plan that best treats your specific condition, including tips for at home care, daily do’s and don’ts, customized stretches, and adjustments.