If you have frequent headaches, chiropractic care can be your best friend. By seeking and addressing the root cause of your headaches, chiropractic care has been shown to be an effective, permanent remedy for painful headaches.
Headaches are common—the American Chiropractic Association estimates that 90% of Americans suffer from headaches. Many people find relief by popping a pill. But there’s a better way.
Chiropractic Can Find the Cause of Your Headache
If you have recurring headaches, your chiropractor will try to pinpoint the cause. Most headaches are cervicogenic, which means they originate in the neck. Often this pain starts at the base of the skull and radiates into the eyes, temples, and forehead.
Cervicogenic headaches are often caused by increased tension in the shoulders, caused by:
- Poor posture
- Workstation issues
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Text neck
Stress, tension, and overuse of the shoulder and neck muscles can cause vertebrae to become misaligned, restricting the range of motion and putting pressure on spinal nerves. Ouch.
In addition to headaches, these same issues can cause difficulties with sleep, vision, driving, working or more.
There Are Many Headache Triggers
Besides neck tension, there are many headache triggers. You may have a sensitivity to food or another environmental factor. Noise or lights might bother you, or you may have had too much exercise or too little sleep. Occasionally headaches are caused by a more serious physical problem or disease, but this is unusual.
Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Headache
For most people, chiropractic care can offer a solution to headache pain. Not only do chiropractic treatments offer quick relief, but they can address the source of the headache. You can expect:
- A complete exam, including x-rays
- Assessment of posture, work habits, and daily activities
- Chiropractic adjustments to correct spinal misalignments
- Restoration of range of motion to the spine
- Recommendations for exercise programs
An Individualized Program Can Prevent Future Headaches
If you have cervicogenic headaches caused by tension in your neck, your chiropractor can recommend an individualized program to correct the root causes of your headaches. This program may include:
- Stretches and exercises to reduce strain
- Stretches to reduce the ergonomic impact of working at a computer
- Low-impact exercise to improve overall health
- Adequate hydration
- Nutritional advice
Better Than a Pill!
Research has shown that spinal manipulation may be an effective treatment for cervicogenic headaches. Reports in the in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed improved outcomes for patients who used chiropractic care to treat acute and chronic neck pain and headaches. A study at Duke University showed immediate improvement for cervicogenic headaches from spinal manipulation.
If you suffer from headaches, call King Chiropractic today at (910) 777-7228 to schedule an appointment. We’ll look for the root cause of your headaches and help you find relief right away!