Did you know every 10 seconds in America; someone is admitted to the emergency room due to headaches? Dealing with migraines, tension headaches, and stress headaches is so common that there is a plethora of medications on the market that people often rely on to attempt to manage their symptoms. However, when we look at the numbers and see that nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches, it begs the question of if there may be a more permanent treatment option than a constant need for medication.
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 relieve headaches and improve pain in other areas of the body.
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. Chiropractors work to align your spine, which usually is the root cause of back pain, neck pain, and other physical issues within your body. With proper alignment, your body is more supported and can limit the headaches you experience.
There are multiple factors that can lead to a headache or triggers that can make your symptoms worse. From the food you eat to the smells in the air, noise, light, stress, etc, there are multiple factors that can trigger headaches. With the right spinal manipulation and targeted neck treatment, it is possible to find the triggers that lead to your pain.
Most headaches are associated with neck pain. In fact, 80% are called cervicogenic headaches, which means the origin of the ache starts at the neck. With the high percentage of people sitting behind desks and staring at computer screens all day, it’s common to see an increase in the number of headaches among Americans.
Effective Chiropractic Care
Some Americans have found using computer vision glasses, focusing on proper ergonomics, and getting up to walk, stretch, and move every 30 minutes will help to reduce the risk of these aches. Scheduling a consultation with a chiropractor is another way to find effective treatment, without the need to use medications to control pain. Here are some of the common techniques we use at the Health And Wellness Clinic:
- 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 Health and Wellness Clinic, our chiropractors have undergone years of extensive training to focus on targeting specific treatments for a variety of injuries. Getting patients on an overall wellness track and improving their symptoms is our priority. Chiropractic care is an effective solution for many medical issues and can limit the use of medication or the need for surgery. Contact our Layton chiropractic office to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help you finally live a headache-free life!