Chronic Headaches and Chiropractic


You've probably experienced it before: the pounding, throbbing pain of a headache. The majority of people only get them every now and again, but some suffer from chronic headaches which effects their work, relationships, and over all quality of life.

The Cause of Headache Pain

We see many patients that are seeking relief from headache pain caused by migraines and tension headaches. But what's the difference? Tension headaches begin in the neck and the pain will refer to the jaw, temples, and the middle of the back of the head. They can be pounding and intensely painful. Fortunately, tension headaches respond well to chiropractic treatments.

You'll often hear severe headaches falsely categorized as migraines. Migraines actually are a special type of headache that have neurological and/or vascular components. Many migraine sufferers will experience them without even having a headache! Symptoms can include speech problems, nausea, vomiting, and even spots that appear to float in the visual field. Sometimes an individual can even appear to be having a stroke! Migraine sufferers often find relief through chiropractic, but it does depend on the type of migraine a person is experiencing, how severe it is, and what triggered it.

Headache Pain Relief with Chiropractic

Chiropractic care can help to relieve pain caused by headaches by gently improving the natural curve in the neck and the spine's alignment. Chiropractic also encourages better movement in the bones of the spine. When these two things occur together, the nerves that come out of the spine and control the muscles are better able to communicate. That causes normal muscle tone to return, and muscles that may have been spasming prior to an adjustment will start to relax. Those muscle spasms refer pain to the head, which is called a trigger point. A trigger point can happen anywhere in the body, and is a knot in the muscles that refer pain to other places. We frequently see trigger points in the upper back, neck, and shoulders resulting in tension headache pain.

If you are seeking a natural, non-invasive form of relief for chronic headaches, schedule a consultation today. We want to help you on your path to wellness!