Having a headache is nothing unusual. But headaches become a problem when they are quite frequent or so intense that it interrupts normal daily activities. Dealing with headaches long term, leaves people searching for remedies to reduce headaches or manage their pain. Chiropractic adjustments are helpful in reducing headaches and their frequency.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment refers to a procedure through which trained and certified specialists use a small instrument or their hands to apply a sudden force to spinal joints. The main objective of the spinal manipulation or adjustment is to align the joints, tissues and muscles. This helps in improving blood flow and overall range of motion for the spine, and neck. An adjustment improves the physical function of the body and reduces the intensity of a headache.
Causes of Headaches
Before you start any treatment for your headaches, you need to try to find the root cause of your headache. One of the most common types is a tension headache – it is often caused by common life challenges, stress, work pressure, or stress related to COVID-19.
Common causes of tension headaches may include:
- Continuously staring at the cell phone
- Working at the computer for long hours
- Long drives without rest
- Playing continuous video games
- Sleeping on the stomach
Any activity that can overstretch the back muscles and extends your neck muscles for long periods of time can give you a headache. Activities that put immense pressure on the neck muscles, weakens them, which can lead to headaches. These repetitive activities can increase the occurrence of tension headaches and chronic pain.
Chiropractic adjustments can help with tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches.
How Does a Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractic care can offer relief from headaches in a number of ways. A chiropractor usually performs a variety of adjustments to improve mobility and body alignment. This helps in reducing the stress or pressure on your back and neck, along with your whole body.
Our chiropractor’s can provide you with a deeper understanding of the cause of your headaches, be it your diet, needing to strengthen muscles, or a need for specific stretches or exercises to strengthen your neck and back.
They can also give you more clarity on how your bones, joints, and overall wellness are related and their role in your headaches.
Our integrative chiropractic approach involves the following methods which effectively help in reducing headaches:
- Soft tissue therapy
- Manual therapy and adjustments
- Modalities that include acupuncture and electrical stimulation
- Rehabilitation and physical exercises
- Introducing lifestyle changes and education
- Co-management and referrals to other specialists and physicians if you need more support
Why Consult a Chiropractor for Headaches?
Gentle and Non-Invasive Therapy
At Axcess, our chiropractic approach is non-invasive, gentle, and non-addictive. Our Chiropractic adjustments help in improving misalignments and increasing range of motion for any joint. These adjustments are effective in improving nervous system function, affected joints and reducing inflammation. Through our integrative approach your body is better equipped to manage pain specifically from tension headaches and migraines.
Here are some of the health benefits which patients experience from chiropractic adjustments. These benefits are especially evident for patients who suffer from tension headaches and migraines:
- Reduced discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Relief from tension disorders and stress
- Improved physical function
Bonus Benefit: Boosting Immunity
A healthy immune system fights off viruses and bacteria you come in contact with. Since the nervous system controls most of the tissues, organs and cells of the body, a little bit of misalignment reduces the function of the immune system. Chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulation can reduce irritation and inflammation of the nerves, muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments which can cause headaches. It can also aid in restoring proper blood circulation to your neck, scalp, and head to relieve tension and migraine pain. This helps the immune system function properly and releases stress, which is a common cause of suppressing the immune system. Learn more about the research here.
Headaches should be taken seriously. Contact Axcess to make an appointment with an experienced chiropractor if you suffer from frequent headaches. It is important to seek treatment if you find changes in your headache pattern, if your headache is getting worse or if your headache is disrupting your normal activities. Additionally, it is imperative to seek immediate consultation if you find your headache is severe and sudden. If you are having a headache which is followed by numbness, stiff neck, fever, difficulty speaking, or fever, you need to seek treatment right away.
If you are looking for a quality chiropractor in Utah County, Axcess Accident Center can help. We provide an integrative stress free recovery focused on your needs. Our job is to help you feel better no matter how you are injured, be it a car accident or other type of injury, we are here for you.