HeadachesThe effectiveness of chiropractic care for headaches has been confirmed in a large number of medical studies. In fact, every year millions of Americans find headache relief through the non-invasive, drugless techniques provided by chiropractors.
“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” – Psalm 139:14
Many people who are aware that chiropractic can relieve back pain and neck pain might be surprised to know that it’s also effective for headache. In fact, every year millions of Americans find headache relief through the non-invasive, drugless techniques provided by chiropractors. The effectiveness of chiropractic care for headaches has been confirmed in a large number of medical studies. Dr. Jenna has helped many headache patients find relief natural, lasting relief.
What Causes Headache?
Headache has a variety of potential causes. Since headache may be indicative of brain injury or tumor, it’s important to seek the attention of a trained professional if you are experiencing chronic headaches. Headaches which occur because of a disease process are called “secondary headaches” because they refer to headaches developing secondary to another condition or diseases like a sinus infection, head injury, tumor, or cancer. “Primary headaches” refer to conditions in which the main symptom is headache, without an underlying condition. Primary headaches include tension-type headaches, migraine, and cluster headaches. As a Dallas-Fort Worth chiropractor, Dr. Jenna specializes in providing headache relief related to disorders in the musculoskeletal system and spine. These headache types include:
While the exact causes of migraine are still under investigation, scientists believe migraines are tied to brain chemistry, hormones, blood vessels, and nerves within the brain. It is primarily a neurological condition, meaning it is affected by the overall health of your nervous system.
Migraine headache will typically affect only one side of the head. However, it is possible to affect both sides of the head. Symptoms associated with a migraine headache include but not limited to:
- Pain behind one eye or ear
- Pain in the temples
- Seeing spots or flashing lights
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Temporary vision loss
When the pain starts at the base of the skull and spreads to the neck, upper back, and occasionally even above the eyes, it is known as a cervicogenic headache. Commonly experienced after whiplash and car accidents or even in desk workers, these headaches originate with a dysfunction in the cervical spine (neck).
Approximately 47% of the global population suffers from headaches. Among office workers, that number is even higher. 15-20% of those headaches are known medically as cervicogenic headaches. Along with head & neck pain, symptoms associated with a cervicogenic headache include but not limited to:
- Limited neck movement
- Mobility issues
- Blurred vision
- Pain in one or both arms
With up to 80% of adults in the U.S. getting them from time to time, these headaches are the most common primary headaches experienced. A number of factors can cause chronic tension headaches including poor posture, muscle spasms, allergies, and stress.
Symptoms associated with a tension headache include but not limited to:
- Mild to moderate pain or pressure in the front, top, or sides of the head
- Headache that starts later in the day
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling very tired
- Trouble focusing
- Mild sensitivity to light or noise
- Muscle aches
How Can Your Dallas-Fort Worth Chiropractor Relieve Headache?
Most Americans treat headache and migraine pain with over-the-counter or prescription medications. This may address the symptom, but it doesn’t address the true cause of your pain. Chiropractic views headaches as a sign of disequilibrium in the body. We bring your body back into balance for lasting relief.
Dr. Jenna will conduct a thorough examination to diagnose the source of your headache. If she believes your headache may be a sign of a tumor, brain injury, or other serious condition requiring immediate attention, she will refer you to an appropriate specialist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. If she suspects your headache is related to spinal dysfunction or tissue injury, she will create an individualized, chiropractic plan of care to help you.
Your headache treatment may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments – When headaches originate with structural problems, spinal adjustments are an effective method of treatment. Bringing the spine into proper alignment boosts nervous system function.
- Targeted exercises to relieve muscular stress and tension which may be exacerbating your headache. At-home exercises are also used to complement chiropractic adjustments.
- Soft tissue therapies and massage to soothe muscle tension and promote healthy blood flow.
- Nutritional counseling to reduce systemic inflammation which may also be exacerbating your headache. If we cannot find a structural problem that is causing your headaches, our next step is to determine if there are chemical triggers causing them. These triggers can be environmental factors, food allergies or sensitivities, or medications you’re taking. While avoiding these triggers is the best solution, this is not always possible, in which case we may recommend supplements to help your body stay in balance.
How much longer will you let your headaches interfere with living a productive, healthy life? Book Online, call or text 214-997-1266 for your check up with Dr. Jenna Carter at The Chiro Co. to discover how you can get relief from your headaches today.
Common Symptoms We Help
Spending excessive amounts of time on computers and devices can really strain our necks, causing that dreaded neck pain. Luckily, chiropractic treatment is a great way to tackle this issue head-on. Through the use of spinal manipulation and specific exercises, our expert chiropractors can help improve your posture and alleviate that nagging neck pain.
Lower Back Pain
If left untreated, minor lower back pain has the potential to escalate into severe and debilitating pain. However, there is hope for long-term relief through targeted chiropractic adjustments and at-home exercises that effectively strengthen the back. By promptly addressing the issue, patients can find the relief they desire and prevent the progression of their pain.
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