Nothing is worse than a headache that prevents you from thinking clearly and carrying on with your day. Some headaches can easily be cured with a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID), while others require you to sit in a low-light room and simply wait it out.
More and more, people are seeking the most natural methods to cure headaches, while also preventing another headache from happening. One of these natural methods is chiropractic care. Below we walk you through the basics of chiropractic care for headaches and how combining it with other natural treatments may be the best way to get rid of them.
Before diving into chiropractic care for headaches, it is important to know the cause and types of headaches you are suffering from. This will help a chiropractor know what techniques to use and what not to use. They may also recommend other forms of treatment based on the information you provide.
The most common types of headaches are migraine, tension, sinus, cluster, and allergy headaches. Our graphic below shows where these headaches take place and what other symptoms are associated with each type of headache.
Chiropractic for Headache Relief
Chiropractic care is often used for headache management and prevention. Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck. Each case is different and requires a thorough evaluation before a proper course of chiropractic care can be determined.
Depending on the type of headache and any known triggers, a chiropractic specialist may recommend a combination of spinal manipulation, active and passive exercises, and massage. In most cases of tension and migraine headaches, relief is found through manipulation of the upper two cervical vertebrae, coupled with adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine. In addition to chiropractic care, it is very important to avoid food and lifestyle migraine triggers.
A Multi-Treatment Approach
The best way to treat headaches is a multi-treatment approach. Once you discover the type and cause of your headaches, we recommend you meet with a licensed professional to get a list of treatment methods specific to your headaches, needs, and lifestyle. Many patients prefer a multi-treatment approach, like massage and chiropractic care, to help prevent and alleviate headaches.
At Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center, we like to encourage our patients to rely on the most natural treatment methods possible. For more natural treatment methods for headaches, please check out our articles below.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine for Headaches
- Acupuncture for Headache Relief
- 4 Natural Supplements for Headache Relief
- Massage Therapy for Headaches
- Self Massage for 4 Different Headaches
If you are interested in learning more about chiropractic for headaches, please call us or contact us online! We would be happy to meet with you to figure out whether this treatment methods could provide relief.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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