Did you know every 10 seconds in America; someone is admitted to the emergency room due to headaches? Dealing with headaches is so common that there is a plethora of medications on the market that people often rely on to try and get by. However, when you see that nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches, it shows there must be a better treatment method. Chiropractic care is designed to restore the body to its natural healing state. Through the use of proper manipulations to the spine and neck, we can help to reduce the risk of headaches and the pain they cause.
According to a research study conducted in 2014 and highlighted in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic care improves the outcomes for the treatment of headaches and migraines.
What Triggers Common Headaches?
There are a number of reasons why headaches occur from the food you eat to the smells in the air, noise, light, stress, etc. With the right spinal manipulation and targeted neck treatment, it is possible to find the triggers leading to headaches. Most headaches are associated with neck pain. In fact, 80% of headaches are called cervicogenic headaches, which means the origin of the headache starts at the neck. With the high percentage of people sitting behind desks and staring at computer screens all day, its common to see an increase in the number of headaches among Americans.
Chiropractic Care for Headaches
Some Americans have found using computer vision glasses, focusing on proper ergonomics, and getting up to walk, stretch, and move every 30 minutes help to reduce the risk of headaches. Scheduling a consultation with a chiropractor is another way to find effective treatment for headaches, without the need to use medications to control headaches. Here are some of the common techniques used to manage headaches:
- Spinal manipulation – we target specific joints of the spine and apply controlled pressure in which patients often hear popping sounds.
- Joint mobilization – this treatment is used to reduce pain by passively moving the joints where there are areas that have been found to cause headaches.
- Neck flexion exercises – actively moving the muscles and joints during treatment will involve different stretches, pressure, and movement to release pain and pinched nerves.
- Neuromuscular massage – this massage will focus on treating the trigger points found in the shoulder, back, and neck.
Each patient is given a personalized patient treatment plan to ensure the right treatments are used to focus on improving the problems with headaches and migraines. When you come in for a consultation, we will discuss a number of factors including your diet, exercise, stress, work and life balance.
At Natural Health and Wellness, our chiropractors have undergone years of extensive training to focus on targeting specific treatments for headaches and other pain problems. Contact our Layton chiropractic office to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help you finally live a headache free life!