Headaches and Migraines
Everyone will get a headache sometimes. Usually they are pretty easily managed, but sometimes they get to the point where they interrupt your daily life. When that happens it is time to call in a specialist: your chiropractor. Dr. Moore and the staff at the Moore Chiropractic Health Care Center Austin can help you get rid of headache and migraine pain, quickly, safely, and without the use of drugs.
“Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used1. Also, a 2011 JMPT study found that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches2.”American Chiropractic Association
Tension headaches are usually caused by stress, depression, anxiety, and bad posture. The pain is usually mild to moderate and concentrated in the forehead or back of the neck. These headaches effect women twice as much as men.
Chronic Headaches are tension headaches which occur more than 15 days per month.
It is not clear what causes migraines, but they are sometimes attributed to hormonal changes, stress, and changes in sleep patterns. The pain is usually described as a severe pulsing or throbbing which lasts for hours to days. Migraines can be accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light.
Cluster headaches are a series of short, but very painful headaches. They are relatively rare and affect men more than women. The pain is usually intense behind one eye. They usually last for a few minutes but can occur multiple times in a day.
Rebound headaches are often caused by the overuse of headache medication. Taking medication for headache pain more than 2 days per week or 9 days per month can put you at risk for rebound headaches.
Organic headaches are secondary headaches, caused by underlying conditions such as brain tumors or strokes.
Alternative Treatments for Headaches and Migraines
The most important thing to know about headaches and migraines is that there are alternatives to medications for treating the pain. A few things that you can try yourself are:
- Drink more water – Proper hydration is imperative to your body. Your body will signal that it needs more water in many ways, but a headache is one of the most common.
- Take a warm bath daily – Allowing your body time to relax in warm water can relieve stress and help with headaches.
- Put yourself on a schedule – Humans are creatures of habit. Keeping a daily schedule can help reduce stress and help improve sleep.
- Eat regular (and healthy) meals – Maintaining a healthy blood sugar level can help to prevent headaches and migraines.
- Exercise daily – This is a great way to relieve stress and will also help to improve your sleep.
- Get more sleep – It’s been mentioned twice already for a reason. The importance of a regular sleep schedule and getting enough sleep cannot be overstated.
- Use Essential Oils – A number of essential oils have been noted to help eliminate headaches.
If you still find that headaches and migraines are disrupting your daily life, call the Moore Chiropractic Health Care Center Austin at (512) 459-5523. We can help diagnose and treat your headaches and migraines by:
- Massage therapy – this is a great way to relieve stress and many other aches and pains, including headaches.
- Helping to improve your posture – Proper posture can relieve the stress on your muscles and joints, which is a common cause of headaches.
- Offering solutions to stress – We can help you make lifestyle changes which can reduce your stress.
- Correcting Subluxations – Subluxations cause impairments in your nervous system. Correcting them often offers immediate relief of headaches, migraines, and many other issues without the use of medications.
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1. Bryans R, Descarreaux M, Duranleau M, et al. Evidence based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with neck pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2014; 37: 42-63.
2. Bryans R, Descarreaux M, Duranleau M, et al. Evidence based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headache. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2011; 34: 274-89.