Having a headache can be debilitating. It can strike at any time and render a person unable to think, move or communicate. Headaches are the most common ailment reported to doctors, with nine out of 10 people suffering from them at any given point.
Often, the response to headaches is to pop a pill, lie down, and hope for relief. Fortunately, there are other actions you can take to help alleviate the pain.
Evidence shows that spinal manipulation may be a successful form of treatment for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. Performed by chiropractic doctors, the maneuver has provided relief for people with acute and chronic neck pain, as well as those with migraine and cervicogenic headaches.
How a Chiropractor Helps
In addition to providing spinal manipulation, a chiropractor can provide you with tips and other adjustments to relieve the pain. If you visit a doctor of chiropractic, you may find support in these ways:
If pain stems from certain activities, the doctor may suggest modifications to the workstation or offer specific exercises to help manage the neck tension, such as using a home traction unit.
Determine the cause
A chiropractor will assess whether the complaint is the result of a trauma, such as a car accident or fall, if it is the result of continuous stress and repetition, or if something more serious is a concern.
Examine nerve function
The doctor will check reflexes, sensation, and muscle strength. Chiropractors will try to correlate the information with x-rays and positioning tests to see if certain movements reduce the pain.
A doctor may perform spinal manipulation or bodily adjustments to lessen the stress on a person’s body.
Your doctor may suggest relaxation techniques, exercises, and posture changes to reduce the incidence of headaches.
Soft tissue therapy
It may be helpful to undergo soft tissue therapy, such as trigger point stimulation and myofascial release.
Sometimes, doctors will recommend nutritional changes or the addition of supplements, including B-complex vitamins.
Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training in order to provide you with relief from a variety of ailments, notably headaches. They recognize how different parts of your body fit together and will help align those areas so that you can live fully. Contact Sportsplus PT to see how we can help!