Can A Chiropractor Help With My Headache?

neck pain may be treatable with chiropractic care

Do you know that chiropractors can help with headaches? There are many potential factors that can cause headaches. About 5% of headaches are a warning sign of a physical problem such as diseases while the other 95% are caused by tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. A large portion of these types of headaches are caused by muscle tension in the neck. Due to our sedentary lifestyle, we are at risk for increased joint pain and muscle tension in the neck and back that could lead to a headache.

What Are Migraines?

Migraines are another form of headaches the affect 12% of Americans. Many of those who suffer from migraines are unable to work or function during a migraine. Migraines can cause severe throbbing head pain, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. There are many potential triggers of a migraine. These range from hormonal changes to stress, alcohol or caffeine, and some medications and food.

Treatment On Your Own

There are several things you can try on your own to help with your headaches and migraines. If you are sitting for the majority of the day, you should take a break and stretch at least once an hour. These stretches should focus on your neck and upper back. You should also incorporate some light exercise into your daily routine. This could be as simple as going for a walk or signing up for a yoga class. You should also aim for drinking about half your body weight in ounces of water a day.

Treatment with a Chiropractor

Your Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center chiropractor may use a combination of spinal manipulation, manual therapy, and other techniques as part of your treatment plan for neck pain.

Below are some spinal manipulation techniques your chiropractor may use.

  • Flexion-distraction technique is a gentle, hands-on spinal manipulation that involves a pumping action on the intervertebral disc instead of direct force.
  • Instrument-assisted manipulation uses a hand-held instrument to allow your chiropractor to apply force without thrusting into the spine.
  • Specific spinal manipulation helps restore joint movement using a gentle thrusting technique.

Your chiropractor may also use manual therapies to treat your neck pain.

  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy uses special instruments to diagnose and treat muscle tension.
  • Manual joint stretching and resistance techniques can help reduce neck pain and other symptoms.
  • Therapeutic massage can help relax tense muscles.
  • Trigger point therapy is used to relievtight, painful points on a muscle.

Other therapies may also be used to ease neck pain symptoms.

  • Inferential electrical stimulation uses a low-frequency electrical current to stimulate neck muscles.
  • Ultrasound sends sound waves into your muscle tissues to help stiffness and pain in your neck.

Therapeutic exercises may also be recommended—these can help improve overall range of motion in your neck and prevent neck pain from progressing.

The treatments listed above are simply examples of possible chiropractic treatments for neck pain; your actual treatment plan will depend on your diagnosis. Your chiropractor will thoroughly explain your treatment options so that you know what will happen.

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