Chiropractic for Headaches and Migraines
Updated: Feb 18
Long hours at work or dealing with a lot of stress typically means that you are far too familiar with headaches and migraines. For some people they are so common that they almost think it's normal to live like that. The throbbing pain can make it hard to think, concentrate, or even be around light. Now there is a lot of factors that can contribute to those headaches, such as stress, sleep, diet, posture, and so much more.
Most people turn to over-the-counter medication for relief. Which yes, might offer quick relief, however, does not correct the underlying cause that is causing this dysfunction. If headaches and migraines are turning into a common occurrence in your life, there is an alternative solution that should be considered.
Chiropractic care has been shown to be effective for headache relief. This non-invasive approach not only corrects the root cause, but also doesn't leave you with any of those harmful side effects.
Chiropractic Care for Migraines
Migraines are incredibly painful and can be debilitating enough to leave you bedridden. Chiropractic care has proven to be an effective way of helping people with migraines. One study suggests at least half of everyone involved had positive results from their chiropractic care, with nearly a quarter losing their migraine symptoms entirely.
Chiropractic Care for Headaches
While not as serious as migraines, headaches can still cause extreme discomfort and downright ruin your day. Tension headaches, as opposed to migraine headaches, are most commonly caused by a spinal subluxation (misalignment), causing a spasm in the Rectus Capitus Posterior Minor (RCPM) muscle that’s in your neck to help stabilize and support your spine in the area of the subluxation. This muscle is attached to the protective tissue on your skull through a tendon, so when it spasms, it can be very debilitating. The tissue on your skull is incredibly sensitive, so when it faces a spasm, the pain receptors can become very stimulated and the pain can be very intense. To reduce this pain, the sensible thing to do would be to correct the spinal subluxation (misalignment), take pressure off the nerves going to the RCPM muscle allowing the muscle to relax. Chiropractors can do exactly that by very gently & specifically adjusting the spinal subluxation in your neck, taking pressure off the irritated nerves that are causing your muscle to spasm. This will reduce the tension and effectively eliminate the root cause of your headache.