You know you can come to us for back pain, but did you know you can visit your chiropractor for headaches, too? Taking care of patients with headaches is a common area to treat as a chiropractor. There are many causes of headaches, but chiropractic care is extremely effective at treating all forms of headaches. The first thing your chiropractor will do is a thorough case history and examination. There are many things that can trigger headaches, and your chiropractor will want to understand what contributes to your headaches.
Techniques Chiropractors Use
Your chiropractor will also do a thorough musculoskeletal exam where he or she can identify areas that are restricted or not moving normally. There are many techniques that chiropractors use to treat patients with headaches. Traditional chiropractic adjustment involves a very precise, defined thrust into the spine to restore range of motion in the neck or other areas in the spine. This can be very effective at reducing pain and increasing range of motion very quickly.
Gentle Chiropractic Techniques
There are other non-force or gentle chiropractic techniques that chiropractors use that may involve gentle rocking motion, or stretching motion, or gentle pressure that can also be very effective at restoring the normal function of the spine. It’s also effective at restoring the nervous system associated with it to help restore range of motion and relax the muscles. Chiropractors will also check TMJ and sinuses.
Reflex Techniques For Headaches
The reflex work we can do on sinuses can be very helpful at helping to reduce sinus headaches. The most common form of headaches that people often present with is muscular tension headaches, where the muscles in the base of the spine right were the neck attaches to the cranium get very tight. Sometimes chiropractors will apply other therapies like heat or ice or electric muscle stimulators to help increase the effectiveness of your treatment.
Recommendations For Headaches
Your chiropractor may also make specific recommendations for home care, including nutritional recommendations for eating enough protein, eating on time, eating certain foods or not eating certain foods and drinking enough water. There may be nutritional supplements recommended for general health. Your chiropractor will also review with you special postural considerations that are especially important for people with headaches. Like how to choose the correct pillow and what position to sleep in. How to sit at your desk or carry a shoulder bag without straining your neck and shoulder.
You know you can come to us for back pain, but don’t forget you can visit your chiropractor for headaches and if you don’t have one contact Discover Health and Wellness Lakewood for our New Patient Special. Click here to schedule an appointment to start feeling better today!