Can a Chiropractor Relieve Headaches?
For decades, chiropractic adjustments have been the treatment of choice for headaches and migraines. New research has demonstrated improvement in frequency, duration, and intensity of migraines when treated with chiropractic adjustments. Other types of headaches, such as tension and sinus-related, have shown tremendous reductions following a visit to the chiropractor.
What is the difference between a Migraine and a other headaches?
A migraine type headache will typically consist of a severe pulsing or throbbing pain in the head. It is often isolated to one side and can be so severe it is debilitating. The symptoms can last anywhere from an hour or two, to days. Many people with migraines report an “aura” prior to the headache. The aura may consist of flashes of light, a specific smell. blind spots in vision, or tingling in the face. Often times, the presence of a stiff neck is a precursor to the migraine attack. During this time a chiropractic adjustment will halt the migraine or at the least, lessen the intensity.
A tension type of headache usually responds very well to chiropractic care. This is the most common type of headache and consists of pain in the neck, head, and behind the eyes. Patients will also describe having a tight band in the front of their head. These headaches are often associated with neck strain and can also be the result of trauma to the spine. Tension headaches can also occur with stress, fatigue, eye strain, and poor posture.
Sinus headaches are usually found above the eyes or in the cheeks of the face. They are usually the result of infection or allergies. These type of headaches are usually worse when straining or bending the head down. Chiropractic adjustments and other therapies often assist the drainage of the mucous and allow the opening of the sinus.
Diagnosis and Treatment of a Migraine or other Headache
The proper diagnosis of your exact type of headache is important. Migraines should be correlated to age, family history, head trauma, or even hormone levels. Tension headaches following spinal trauma should also be properly evaluated. A sinus headache should never get to the point of severe infection.
All of these types of headaches should be properly diagnosed and treated appropriately. When treating a patient with a “headache”, it is paramount to diagnose the exact type and prescribe the appropriate treatment plan.
Our office in the beautiful Black Hills of SD, has had favorable results relieving headaches and their cause. Many patients have been able to control or eliminate their headaches altogether.