Headache Pain Can Be Relieved with Chiropractic Care

By Debra Rodzinak

Everyone has suffered a headache at some time in their lives. The pain can be located in one particular spot or across the entire head. A sharp or dull pain may present in the head as well. Many times, a headache will go away on its own, but for a few unfortunate, severe cases, medical attention is needed.

What Triggers a Headache?

Many different factors can cause a headache. Drug reactions, high blood pressure, stress, and tightness in the neck and shoulders due to poor posture are just a few of the triggers for a headache. The exact reason headaches occur differently in different people is still unclear, but scientists are beginning to realize that the most common type of headache is treatable with natural methods such as chiropractic care. 

What is a Tension Headache?

According to WebMD.com the most common type of headache in adults and teens is a tension headache that causes mild to moderate pain. Tension headaches are also referred to as stress headaches and are brought on from tension or stress in the neck and back. Research has shown chiropractic adjustments to be extremely successful in treating these types of headaches.

According to a 2001 report from Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center, the use of spinal manipulation for tension headaches provided “almost immediate improvement” for tension headaches that began in the neck. These patients also had fewer adverse side effects when compared to patients who took medications for their headaches.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with a Tension Headache?

When a patient uses chiropractic care to relieve the symptoms of a tension headache, special care is given to the two cervical vertebrae at the top of the spine closest to the head. Adjustments made to these vertebrae, along with adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine, give patients relief from tension headache symptoms. Proper alignment of the spine allows for the muscles supporting the head and neck to relax. 

If you are suffering from tension headaches and want relief without the use of drugs, come by The Joint for a natural, gentle adjustment. No appointments are needed and no pesky insurance forms need to be filled out. With a few proper adjustments, you can get rid of those painful tension headaches and go back to living a pain-free life. Stop suffering with your tension headaches with a visit to The Joint.

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