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Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches

If you’re struggling with chronic headaches, the pain can be debilitating and even disabling. You may be trying to manage the pain with over-the-counter pain relievers, but this doesn’t address the root problem.

Luckily, chiropractic care can help treat your headache at its source. Here at Premier Health Chiropractic & Wellness in Dallas, Texas, we offer customized headache treatments that combine hands-on chiropractic techniques with holistic lifestyle plans. 

Dr. H. Khayal can help you reduce the severity, duration, and frequency of your headaches and give you the tools to take control of your pain. There are different types of headaches, and this article shows how chiropractic care can help no matter what type of headache you suffer from. 

Tension headaches

One of the most common types of headaches, tension headaches are usually caused by prolonged tension or stress in the neck and shoulder muscles. 

These types of headaches are often caused by factors such as long hours working at a computer, “tech neck” from bending your head to look at your phone, and other elements of modern, sedentary lifestyles. 

Tension headaches are often described as producing a clamp-like pressure around the skull, but they can also cause dull pain on both sides of the head, tightness, and aching. A tension headache lasts one to several hours, and while not usually disabling, it can be disruptive. 

Studies show that chiropractic care is effective in treating tension headaches. We recommend a combination of spinal manipulation and mobilization. These techniques can help relieve tension in your sensitive neck and shoulder muscles, alleviating the strain that causes headaches. 

Cervicogenic headaches

Cervicogenic headaches usually involve steady pain on one side of your head, but they’re actually caused by injuries to your neck. Other symptoms include neck stiffness, pain attacks lasting hours or days, and pain when you cough, sneeze, or breathe deeply. 

Cervicogenic headaches are categorized as secondary headaches because they’re usually caused by an underlying issue. The pain associated with cervicogenic headaches is known as referred pain, meaning it originates in one part of your body but is felt in another area. 

Chiropractic care is ideal for this type of headache because it stems from underlying physiological problems. Here at Premier Health Chiropractic & Wellness, we often recommend a combination of spinal manipulation, joint mobilization, and deep neck flexion exercises. 

Spinal manipulation works by using gentle pressure to apply a controlled force to your spinal joints to improve your spinal function, while joint mobilization and deep neck flexion involve moving your joints and muscles to improve function.

Migraines

Unlike other types of headaches, migraines are characterized by head pain as well as a range of other symptoms, including dizziness, nausea, light sensitivity, and visual disturbances. Additionally, they can last from four hours to three days. 

The root cause of migraines isn’t fully understood, but it’s thought that disturbances in the blood vessels of the brain may be responsible. 

Chiropractic care can help you manage your attacks and symptoms through spinal manipulation, as well as by guiding you to make dietary and lifestyle changes. 

No matter what type of headache you’re dealing with, don’t suffer alone any longer. Call our Dallas office at 972-713-9355 to schedule your free consultation today. 

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