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When Your Head Threatens To Explode, it May Be Time to See Your Chiropractor


Mild headaches are just part of life, and even nagging ones that we see coming can be tolerable. But when one of the biggies, a tension headache that will not take no for an answer, hits, relief becomes a big priority.

I had a friend who encountered tension headaches a lot. You could always tell by the clipped tone of her voice, the preoccupied look, and the overall edge to her actions. Sometimes she tried to keep on going at work and we all stepped aside when we saw her coming.

Finally she faced up to the issue and saw a chiropractor who helped her find relief. We all felt like sending thank you notes to the chiropractor as she came back smiling, reporting her progress with spinal adjustments, relaxation therapy and stress deletion classes. She said she wished she had gone sooner. So did we.

According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, studies show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. Four weeks after cessation of treatment, the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes, in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to their original condition.

See Your Chiropractor

If you are having tension headaches see your chiropractor for a diagnosis and ways to work on the problem. No matter where you are on the issue, your chiropractor will seek to relieve pain and help you regain your normal routines.

The chiropractor’s goal is to seek pain relief whenever possible without medications or surgery. In the initial visit the chiropractor will do a spinal adjustment to evaluate the health of the spine, take a full medical history and discuss what is going on, and what has happened.

In chiropractic visits the focus is on a healthy spine, insuring the whole nervous system is working well. With the chiropractor’s help patients often learn new relaxation exercises, improve diets, or add a new exercise class to help ease stress. In an ongoing program the chiropractor will be able to coach and monitor the progress. From tension headaches to arthritis, to neck pain, lower back pain and knee pain, the chiropractor has the experience and knowledge to find good solutions.

When life suddenly becomes not OK, your chiropractor is there to help you work through the problem and seek to restore your quality of life. Don’t wait, make an appointment today.

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