Can a Chiropractor Help With Headaches?
Headaches have many triggers, ranging from disease to environment (light and noise), excessive workouts, and other cluster reasons. Some headaches are temporary and resolve without help. Others require professional diagnosis and treatment, including Chiropractic Care.
Mild and severe headaches can disrupt your daily life, it is important to find a remedy as soon as possible. According to the American Chiropractic Association, a chiropractor can treat headaches if the underlying cause is a muscle, joint, or ligament issue.
3 Ways to Resolve Headaches including Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors mainly deal with musculoskeletal issues and can help resolve slipped disks, trapped nerves, neck and back pain, joint and muscle problems, and various ailments. The technique combines spinal manipulation, physical therapy, and massage therapy.
Research shows that spinal adjustments can prevent and manage different types of headaches. However, the issue needs further study. Patients need to approach licensed, trained, and reputable chiropractors in seeking treatment.
Below is an overview of three ways a chiropractor can help with headaches using standard chiropractic therapies.
1. Spinal Manipulation
A chiropractor is best suited to addressing the underlying issue and resolving the migraine if it results from musculoskeletal causes and misalignments. Migraines are nearly synonymous with headaches but have various other symptoms, including nausea and dizziness.
Your chiropractor will perform a diagnosis and recommend spinal manipulation, joint mobilization, or deep neck flexion workouts if they believe it will help relieve the headache. Cervicogenic headache is one form for which chiropractic therapy has proven efficacy.
The headache manifests in one-sided pain that begins at the back of the head and moves to the front. It stems from neck issues. A chiropractor will resolve your neck pain and other spinal trouble like disc herniation and nerve compression that may be causing the headache.
2. Massage Therapy
Popular chiropractic therapies for migraines include trigger point therapy (neuromuscular massage) and multidisciplinary care intervention. Trigger point therapy involves massaging the head, neck, shoulder, and back to increase blood flow and relax the nerves and muscles.
A chiropractor will help you soothe sore muscles, nerves, and tissues, relieving the stress and migraine symptoms. Soft tissue manipulation can also relieve tension headaches and speed up recovery if you suffer migraines because of improper posture.
3. Multidisciplinary Care
Your chiropractor may recommend multidisciplinary care intervention combining physical workouts with relaxation and stress management techniques. These remedies can relieve headaches resulting from poor posture that puts extra stress on the neck, shoulder, and head.
The chiropractor will resolve tension headaches through multidisciplinary approaches that include soft-tissue therapy, stretches, stress management, and lifestyle changes. Low-load craniocervical mobilization is another solution that applies gentle pressure on affected areas.
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Chiropractic treatments can also relieve pain and other symptoms, or treat the headache if it stems from spinal issues and tensions in your muscles.
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