Chiropractic Care & Migraines, Tension and Frequent Headaches
Headaches can affect just about everyone at some point and the severity that each individual experiences can differ greatly. There are many types of headaches, but nearly all of them are related to the neck, or cervical spine. When the vertebrae, or bones in the neck are misaligned, or the muscles are irritated, it will often lead to headaches. While many people may reach for over the counter medication to alleviate their pain, this option is only offers temporary relief.
Chiropractic care is a great way to relieve and manage the pain caused by tension headaches and migraines. Over the years we have treated many patients with headaches and have given them safe, non-addictive, non-invasive solutions to their headache issues. If you suffer from mild to severe headaches, tension headaches or migraines, Superior Spine Care is here to help. Our team is committed to providing our patients with quality care for their headache conditions. Contact our office today schedule your appointment.
Can going to a chiropractor help with migraines?
Many migraine sufferers can get good relief with chiropractic treatment, especially if the headaches are accompanied by neck pain and stiffness. Chiropractic is a great alternative for patients who do not tolerate migraine medication well.
Can neck out of alignment cause headaches?
Small misalignments in the neck can lead to big symptoms, such as neck pain and headaches. These misalignments cause irritation to the joints, nerves, and muscles in the neck, leading to pain, headaches, and limited motion.
What Benefits Does Chiropractic Care Offer to Patients Suffering from Tension Headaches and Migraines?
Reduced Pain and Discomfort
Relief from Stress and Tension
Improved Function & Performance
How are Headaches Different?
Every headache is different, at Superior Spine Care our team works together to find the treatments that give you the best relief.
The timing of these headaches can vary greatly. Some patients have frequent headaches, up to several times a week. Some patients get their headaches monthly. Still others will have headaches following certain activities. Often it is helpful to keep a log to notice patterns that could be helpful in identifying aggravating factors for your headaches.
The symptoms of a headache can be different from person to person. Some headaches present as a pressure, either in the sinuses or the temples. Others note tightness or sharp pain that starts in the neck and travels up into the back of the head, or it may spread up to the forehead, even to the eyes. Migraines can start with an ‘aura’, or a visual disturbance which could include colors in a C shape or circles. Some migraines can come on without an aura, but both usually include sensitivity to light or sound.
Effective Headache Treatments
The good news is, no matter what type of headache you are suffering from, headaches generally respond well to chiropractic treatment. By gently realigning the vertebrae, or the bones in the neck, we can improve joint motion. If there is a significant amount of trigger points, or tender nodules in the neck muscles, our massage therapist can perform a deep tissue massage to address that component as well. Myofacial release, or craniosacral therapy are techniques that are often successful when the headaches have not responded to other treatments in the past. Once the pain has been managed, stretching and strengthening exercises are important to retrain the neck area and reduce frequencies of headaches, if not eliminate them for good.
What Our Patients Are Saying
I used to get migraines frequently, so I thought I’d give Superior Spine a try. I’ve been going to Superior Spine for close to two years now. Ever since I started getting a monthly massage and adjustment, my migraines have lessened immensely! I recommend Superior Spine!!
I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Wensink's practice. After hurting my back about a year ago, I have been visiting on a regular basis and they are always accommodating with scheduling. Dr. Wensink takes the time to get to know you as a patient, and asks thoughtful questions to ensure that his treatment meets your needs. The practice is conveniently located and with occasional Saturdays makes it easy to find a time to visit.
Dr. Neil and his staff provide truly superior care. He is an experienced, very talented chiropractor who carefully investigates and effectively treats painful, complicated conditions. He is thoughtful, kind, and focused. The pleasant office is clean and well managed. He is one of the very best chiropractors I've seen. I highly recommend his practice.