We've all suffered through them before: the pounding, throbbing pain of a headache. Most of us just get them every now and then, but some people suffer from chronic headaches, which can effect work, relationships, and overall well-being.
The Cause of Headache Pain
We see many patients that are seeking relief for headache pain caused by migraines and tension headaches. But, what's the difference? A tension headache starts in your neck and the pain refers to your jaw, temples, and the middle of the back of your head. Tension headaches can be pounding and cause intense pain, and fortunately, they respond well to chiropractic.
Many people falsely believe that if a headache is severe, it must be a migraine. Migraines are a special type of headache with neurological and/or vascular components. People suffering from migraines can often have one without even having a headache. Some symptoms are nausea, vomiting, seeing weird spots floating in the visual field, and even speech problems. Severe migraines can even appear to be strokes. Depending on the type of migraine a person is suffering from, how severe it is, and what triggered it, they frequently respond to chiropractic care.
Chiropractic and Relief from Headache Pain
By carefully and gently improving the alignment of the spine and the natural curve of in your neck, chiropractic can help relieve pain caused by headaches. Chiropractic also encourages the bones of the spine to move better. When these two things take place, the nerves that come out of your spine and control your muscles fire more effectively. This allows normal muscle tone to return, and muscles that you may have felt spasming before an adjustment should start to relax. Those spasms in your muscles refer pain to your head. When that happens, it is called a trigger point. A trigger point, which can happen all over the body, is a knot in your muscles that will refer pain to other places. Commonly, tension headache pain is the result of trigger points in the shoulders, upper back, and neck.
If you are suffering from chronic headaches and are looking for relief, contact us today for an appointment and we will help you on your path to wellness.