chiropractic treatments for headaches

do you get HEADACHES?


Headaches can be triggered by various factors, including foods, environmental stimuli, and behaviors. While about 5% of headaches signal physical problems, the remaining 95% are primary headaches like tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. Most primary headaches are linked to muscle tension in the neck, which can be exacerbated by prolonged sedentary activities and fixed postures, such as computer work.

Preventive measures recommended by the American Chiropractic Association include taking breaks and stretching every 30 minutes to one hour, engaging in low-impact exercise, avoiding teeth clenching, and staying hydrated. Chiropractors can help address primary headaches through spinal manipulation, nutritional advice, posture guidance, and recommendations for exercises and relaxation techniques. Their comprehensive approach considers the interconnectedness of spinal function and overall well-being.

The pain itself can be dull or sharp and can last from a few minutes to several days. Although headaches can be caused by many things, such as high drug reactions, dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), pressure on the neck muscles, low blood sugar, blood pressure, stress and fatigue, most recurrent headaches are of two types: tension headaches (also called cervical headaches of origin) and migraines.

Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck. Each person is different and requires a evaluation before every chiropractic care. However, in most cases of tension headaches, significant improvement is achieved through manipulation of the two upper cervical vertebrae, with adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine . Make your appointment today at Everett Accident & Injury Clinic and say goodbye to headaches calling 425-374-8014.

Chiropractor for headache pain in Everett

How can headache affect you?

Headaches affect almost everyone in many different ways. Some people only experience pain in one region of the head or behind the eyes, some people experience a feeling of pounding inside the entire head, and some people even experience nausea.

Headaches can take various forms, including tension, migraine, and cervicogenic headaches. Tension-type headaches often manifest as a band-like tension around the head, while migraines typically result in one-sided head pain accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Cervicogenic headaches originate from the neck but are perceived in various head or face areas, with factors like family history, neck stiffness, and stress playing a role.

Chiropractor treatments for headache in Everett

Chiropractors can play a crucial role in assessing, diagnosing, and managing headaches. Evidence supports the effectiveness of chiropractic care, including manual therapy, in treating cervicogenic and tension headaches. Studies have also indicated that chiropractic care can reduce the intensity and frequency of migraines. Treatment options may include manual therapy, soft tissue therapy, modalities like electrical stimulation and acupuncture, rehabilitation, lifestyle changes, and education. Seeking chiropractic consultation is recommended for frequent or worsening headaches, changes in headache patterns, or headaches accompanied by concerning symptoms. Immediate attention is essential if a headache is sudden and severe, follows a head injury, or is associated with fever, stiff neck, weakness, numbness, or difficulty speaking.

Can a chiropractor treat migraines?

Chiropractic care has been explored as an alternative or complementary therapy for migraines. While there is limited but encouraging evidence on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for migraine headaches, some individuals report relief from associated symptoms, including neck pain, muscle tension, neck stiffness, and problems with jaw function.

Chiropractors may use spinal adjustments or manipulation to reduce stress and improve spinal function. Additionally, soft tissue therapies such as massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapies may be employed to address muscle-related symptoms. Chiropractic treatment for migraines often includes lifestyle management suggestions, such as dietary changes, B complex vitamins, and advice on exercise and posture.

Although more research is needed to fully understand the effectiveness of chiropractic care for migraines, some studies suggest that it may be as effective as conventional preventive medications. Chiropractors aim to reduce pain and enhance neuromusculoskeletal health through a multifaceted approach. Individuals considering chiropractic care for migraines should consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for their specific condition.

Our treatments include spinal adjustments, physical rehabilitation, massage therapy, and more. Give Dr Trevor a call at 425-374-8014 and schedule a free consultation!

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