While the symptoms of headaches vary, more than 75% of people with the condition experience associated neck pain. Many of them also report muscle tension, neck stiffness, pressure behind the eye and problems with jaw function, these are often some of the causes of the headaches. Doctors typically prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, and physical therapy to treat these associated symptoms. However, these treatments do not fully address the problems causing the symptoms, but assists in numbing the pain. A Chiropractor’s expertise includes treating these symptoms by finding these underlying problems. Clinical trials on the effects of Chiropractic spinal manipulation, massage therapy, and physical therapy for headaches suggest each of the therapies may be as effective as conventional preventive medications, such as propranolol (Inderal) and topiramate (Topamax).
Tension headaches are the most common type and appear as pain almost anywhere in the head, scalp, or neck. Tension headaches are often due to a combination of stress, back or neck strain, Chiropractic care has been proven to help provide relief. When you feel a headache developing, your first thought might be to take an over-the-counter pain medication that most time will work for a few hours or the day. However have you considered a more natural alternative and long term solution to treat headaches?
What will my Chiropractor do?
After carefully assessing and examining your spine, we correct the alignment of your spine to improve spinal function. This allows your body to function better and reduces risk of stress and tension building. Seeing one of our Chiropractors can help counteract the stress you face in daily life. Whether you spend long hours driving or you work an office job, stress can manifest in many ways that leads to headaches. We can also give you tips on posture, exercises, and relaxation techniques. Evaluating all possible causes of your headache pain helps us address the pain more effectively.
Our team believes in a multifaceted approach, we will work to understand your unique situation to help you find the root cause of your headaches. The next time you suffer from a headache, think twice about taking a pain reliever or contacting CostaSpine.
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