What is a Migraine Headache or a Tension Headache?
Frequent or not, migraines and tension headaches are not something to live with and endure. Many people have come to believe because they are common they must be normal. Nothing could be further from the truth. According to the International Headache Society, headaches impact almost 40 percent of the American population. Migraines and Tension Headaches are caused by muscles contracting and pulling on the spine in the head or neck region. There are many triggers for Migraines and Tension Headaches, but you should not confuse the trigger for the cause. The trigger is the thing that sets the Migraine/Headache off, but without the underlying cause being present, the trigger wouldn’t set the whole thing in motion in the first place.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Those with Migraines and Headaches?
The real underlying reason for migraines and headaches are the muscles in the neck contracting and becoming tight. This can sometimes also be associated with neck pain. When the neck muscles contract it is most commonly in response to the spinal bones misaligning and interfering with the nervous system (called Vertebral Subluxation). When spinal bones misalign, the body’s response is to contract different muscle groups in an attempt to realign the spine. This is where chiropractic can help. Routine chiropractic care provides patients suffering from migraines and headaches with a safe non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications (OTCs), which are commonly prescribed to patients in order to help them manage their pain (the symptom), but do nothing to address the underlying cause.
Chiropractors deliver a gentle procedure known as a chiropractic adjustment to help the body realign the spinal bones. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine to reduce inflammation and improve the function of both the affected spinal joints and nervous system. By improving spinal joint mobility and improving your nervous system function, your body has the ability to better manage the pain caused by migraines and headaches. Better yet, with the underlying cause being addressed, the cycle of going from one Migraine/Headache episode to another is broken. Your body works much better with an aligned spine and a properly functioning nervous system. So the “triggers” no longer trigger an episode!
Below are some of the health benefits chiropractic can provide patients with migraines and headaches:
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Relief from stress and tension disorders
- Overall better quality of life
- Improved physical function and performance
To see if chiropractic care is right for you, a consultation, examination and, if necessary, x-rays taken on-site will be performed. Based on the findings of that chiropractic examination, Dr. Auger will know whether your quality of life could be improved through chiropractic care.
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