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Headaches and Migraines
Chronic headaches and migraines can be incredibly debilitating, especially if you never know when a migraine headache may strike. From poor work performance to difficulty completing daily tasks, migraines and headaches are a serious health problem. If you suffer from migraines or headaches, chiropractic care and proper spinal alignment can lead to a significant reduction in pain.
Traditional medical treatment relies on medication to relieve headache pain. While drugs can help numb pain, medication alone is not an effective solution for reducing the incidence of migraines and headaches. Once drugs wear off, pain returns. Medication is ineffective because it only “covers up” pain; it cannot correct the underlying problem triggering headaches. Chiropractic adjustments, however, can make a difference.
Millions of Americans suffer from tension headaches every year. While it’s easy to blame stress, a lack of sleep or even too much caffeine for these headaches, new research suggests that the actual cause may be more complex. Scientific studies have found that the rectus capitis posterior minor (RCPM) muscle plays a role in triggering headache pain. When this muscle spasms, headaches can occur. Recent research indicates that a misalignment of the cervical spine can place pressure on the RCPM muscle and cause it to spasm. A whiplash injury, a sports injury or other personal injury can cause this cervical misalignment, which in turn triggers the RCPM spasm that leads to headaches.
Chiropractic care addresses the root cause for headache pain. Spinal adjustments are a safe and effective technique for gently restoring proper alignment to the cervical spine. Restoring alignment to the spine relieves pressure on the RCPM muscle and helps decrease the frequency of headaches. Adjustments also help relieve lingering neck pain from whiplash or another accident injury. If you frequently suffer from headaches, our chiropractor may recommend regular adjustments as part of a proactive headache pain prevention treatment plan. Maintaining proper spinal alignment is the best way to reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches.
Migraine headache pain, while different from a tension headache, may also be associated with a spinal misalignment. While the causes are complex, constricted blood vessels in the brain trigger migraine headache pain. Certain foods and smells are also associated with the onset of migraines. A misalignment in the spine can affect how the brain sends and receives messages through the central nervous system. It’s possible that a cervical misalignment may cause certain signals to be amplified, triggering blood vessel constriction and headache pain.
Our chiropractors Dr. Eric Santjer have helped many patients who struggle with migraine headaches. We find that a combination of spinal adjustments, in conjunction with lifestyle changes and nutrition counseling, can help avoid exposure to migraine triggers while also reducing the frequency of migraine pain.
Don't let migraine headache pain take over your life. With chiropractic adjustments, we can help you prevent the pain before it starts!