An estimated nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headache pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Additionally, the World Health Organization states that headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system. Headaches are something that affects almost all of us at some point in our lives. Chiropractors can play a crucial role in addressing the underlying cause of your chronic and occasional headaches and migraines for lasting relief. Visit Senara, our local chiropractic clinic in Peoria, to learn more about how to mitigate headaches naturally through chiropractic care.
Recurrent Headaches: Is it Normal?
Some headaches are occasional, some are frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. And for many people who suffer from multiple headaches per week, they often come to feel that this is “normal.” Chronic headaches are anything but normal. Recurring headaches are your body’s way of telling you something needs attention internally. Don’t just rely on over-the-counter pain medications to cover up your symptoms; listen to what your body is saying and reach out to your local chiropractor for natural headache relief. Discussing your headache symptoms, frequency, and severity with a chiropractor can help to identify and treat the root cause, providing natural and longer-lasting relief.
The most common types of headaches are known as primary headaches and are not due to an underlying disease. These headaches are usually caused by a combination of factors, such as tension in the muscles of the neck area, misalignment of the bones of the spine, and pressure on nerves or blood vessels. In some instances, chemical imbalances within the body can also cause these headaches to occur. Primary headaches can also be triggered by lifestyle factors such as alcohol consumption, certain foods, poor sleep, poor posture, skipped meals and stress.
A more specific, and debilitating, type of headache is the migraine. These headaches are characterized by chronic, recurrent, moderate-to-severe pain episodes. Typically, the migraine headache affects only half of the head, is pulsating in nature, and lasts from two to 72 hours. They are frequently accompanied by sensitivity to light, blurred vision, nausea, and vomiting. Migraine headaches affect, on average in the United States, over 10 percent of the population according to the Migraine Research Foundation. This means that 31.7 million people are currently suffering from migraines. Clinical studies have shown chiropractic care to help dramatically reduce the severity and frequency of migraine attacks thanks to natural headache relief methods.
There are many ways to relieve a headache. Painkillers are usually the first resort of those suffering from a headache. These painkillers provide temporary relief, but fail to address the muscle tension and misalignments of the spine that are placing pressure on nerves and blood vessels. Chiropractors look for the underlying cause and treat it accordingly. A chiropractor will use their specialty training to find and remove the misalignments of the spine that are putting pressure on the nerves and blood vessels. Depending on the individual’s specific presentation of symptoms and results of their diagnostic exams, other therapies may be recommended in conjunction with chiropractic care. This may include medical-based massage therapy to relieve muscle tension, acupuncture, dietary changes to address chemical imbalances, and physical therapy exercises to strengthen the neck and upper back.
Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments (and complementary modalities administered in conjunction with spinal manipulations) have been shown to decrease the frequency and severity of headaches for longer lasting and natural headache relief. Keep in mind that every patient is different and there may be other underlying causes that must also be addressed. If you suffer from headaches, please have a discussion with your chiropractor to see if you are a candidate for treatment.