Headaches and migraines plague adults, especially people who work long hours or encounter daily stress. A combination of poor posture along with stressors and other factors like diet can all increase the chances of chronic headaches and migraines.
Chiropractic care seeks to alleviate the pain and suffering of chronic headache and migraine sufferers through targeted spinal corrections. These corrections have been proven as effective as medications for treating those with chronic migraines. Since many medications only offer temporary relief and can have serious side effects, chiropractic care can be the safest and best option for some headache sufferers.
Regular chiropractic appointments coupled with a recommended regimen of diet, exercise and possibly medications may offer the best chance of alleviating both the symptoms and underlying causes of chronic headaches.
Chiropractic Care for Tension Headaches
There are two common types of headaches as described by modern medical science: tension headaches and migraine headaches. While tension headaches are not as severe as migraines, they can still be just as painful and debilitating, popping up unexpectedly and making a normal routine difficult.
Tension headaches are often caused by nerve activity at the base of the skull and near the forehead above the temples. Poor posture, stress or prior trauma affects muscles near the spine, which in turn trigger nerve reactions.
The most common type of condition that leads to regular tension headaches is a recurring spasm in the rectus capitis posterior minor (RCPM) muscle, located along the neck. Spasms in this muscle affect its tendon attached at the base of the skull to a thin, protective tissue called the dura mater. The dura mater is covered in sensitive nerve endings, so RCPM spasms can trigger a broad, dull sense of pain that leads to a headache.
Another source of tension headaches is found in sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscles on the side of the neck, most commonly affecting those with a history of whiplash injury.
By correcting subluxations in the top two cervical muscles near the base of the neck, muscle tension and spasm can be relieved, eliminating the root cause of tension headaches.
Chiropractic Care for Migraine Headaches
Migraine headaches have complex root causes that are not completely understood by modern science and medicine. The prevailing theory is that a chemical imbalance can cause blood vessel dilations in particular regions of the brain. These dilations trigger nerves, which can cause more blood vessel dilation in an escalating, painful loop.
Published research indicates that chiropractic adjustments can reduce the conditions that trigger migraines, relieving pain and often solving the root cause of migraines. In that study, 22 percent of participants reported an almost complete reduction in migraine episodes, while an additional 50 percent reported that their migraines had become significantly less painful and frequent.
Seeking Chiropractic Care for Headache Relief
If you suffer from headaches, migraines or stress-related pains, consider booking an appointment with Dr. Jessica Harden at Providence Chiropractic in Fort Mill today.