A Quick Guide To Chiropractic Treatments For Tension Headaches And Migraines

If you are plagued by frequent headaches, you are not alone, and fortunately chiropractic care could help your pain. Recent research has established that at least half and perhaps as many of 3/4 of adults all over the world between 18 and 65 years of age have had one or more headaches in the preceding year. More than 10% of those headache sufferers also reported that they experienced migraines, and in the United States alone, 9 out of 10 people get headaches each year. Instead of taking powerful over-the-counter and prescription medications that present with the very real possibilities of dependency and harmful side effects, it is a good idea to talk with a professional, like Smith Chiropractic, instead.

Chiropractic Care For Tension Headaches 

Tension headaches are very common and are believed to exist due to the way that the body retains physical symptoms of emotional stress. Specifically, when you are constantly stressed and do not relax the muscles of your body often enough, the tension in your body has nowhere to go and eventually tension headaches may form.   

Spinal manipulation is the sudden and directed movement on a joint, with the goal of restoring alignment, thus encouraging better blood flow, etc. It has been established as an effective treatment for headaches that start in the neck, as tension headaches frequently do. That information was determined by researchers from Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in 2001. They also determined that spinal manipulation provided longer-lasting relief of symptoms than the medication given most often by physicians for headaches. 

Chiropractors For Migraines

Migraine headaches are thought by many people to be the most painful type of headache; unfortunately, there is a lot that is not known about them, but they are believed to be vascular headaches that occur when blood vessels in the head dilate too quickly and nerves become irritated. Migraines tend to run in families and often present with visual disturbances and pain from light or sound.

The symptoms of a migraine can often be limited, eliminated or prevented entirely after chiropractic adjustments of the spine and neck. As mentioned previously, the nerves that transmit the pain and discomfort of a migraine are frequently very irritated. Chiropractic manipulations can calm the nerves down. Although research has been limited, one recent study established that almost 3/4 of polled migraine sufferers that received chiropractic care reported improvement in their symptoms.

In conclusion, migraine and tension headaches are a major problem for people all over the world. If you are looking for a safe and effective way to treat your headaches, it is time to speak with an experienced chiropractor.