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When Headaches Won't Go Away, Chiropractic Helps

By Sandy Schroeder

If tension headaches are making your life miserable, it's time to take action to get rid of them.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you staffs a wellness center with licensed chiropractors who can help you. When you come in, your chiropractor will want to hear about your headaches, lifestyle and health history. You will learn how improved spinal health can make your overall health better.

If your tension headaches are occurring when your neck, shoulders and scalp become tense, a gentle targeted spinal adjustment may provide far-reaching relief throughout your system. Many headaches stem from muscle tension which can cause a misalignment, or restrictions, of the spine. When the spine is realigned, pain may lift and a sense of relaxation may emerge along with better sleep, clearer thinking and more energy.

As you assess the effects you may want to use 15-minute weekly spinal adjustments to stay focused and pain-free.

At the same time, Harvard Health suggests you try these tips to reduce tension headaches.

Relax physically and psychologically - Consider using heat on neck and shoulders to relax the muscles. You might use warm tub soaks or a heating pad to soothe the muscles with warmth. Gentle exercises may also strengthen and stretch these same muscles and reduce the number of headaches. Guided imagery can be used to relax body muscles and release the tension that triggers the headaches.

Ramp up your health - Make sure you are eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep and avoiding heavy workloads and long hours. When you are in better shape, the tension may lift along with the headaches.

Consider biofeedback - A therapist attaches electrodes to the skin to pick up electrical signals from the neck and shoulder muscles helping you learn to recognize tension in those muscles and learn ways to relax the muscles.

Take a good look at everything - Some jobs, people and situations simply generate too much tension. If you are coping with irritants on the job, in your family, your finances or your health,  make the effort to find effective solutions. You may be amazed at how much better you feel after a few changes.

See your doctor for more answers - Talk with your doctor about the options and do a complete checkup to rule out any other issues.

When you are ready to find the best answers, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Clinics are open weekends and evenings and affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance. Walk-ins are welcome.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in.Shorewood, Ill.

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