If you suffer from headaches, You are part of the majority. It’s estimated that nine out of every ten Americans suffers from some form of headache. They can be occasional or frequent. Some are dull and some can be throbbing and cause debilitating pain and nausea. What do you do when you’re suffering from a headache? Do you sit and let it pass, lie down, or take a pill until the pain goes away? There is a better option.
Research1 shows that manipulation of the spinal cord, one of the primary treatments provided by Chiropractic doctors, can be an effective treatment for tension headaches and headaches that originated in the neck. As early as 2014, reports by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that interventions used in chiropractic care can improve outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and increased benefits were shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used. Another study by JMPT2 found chiropractic care and spinal manipulation improved migraines and cervicogenic headaches.
What can you do?
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) offers the following suggestions to prevent headaches:
- If you live a mostly sedentary work-life like sitting at a computer, for example, take a break every 30-60 minutes and stretch. Your stretches should take your neck through a full, yet comfortable range of motion.
- Low-impact exercises can help relieve pain from primary headaches. However, if you experience dull, throbbing headaches, you should avoid heavy exercise. Engage in activities like walking and low-impact aerobics.
- Avoid clenching your teeth, though it can come naturally when suffering from headache pain. Upper teeth should never touch the lower teeth, except for when swallowing. This results in stress at the joints that connect your jaw to your skull, which can lead to irritation and tension headaches.
- drink 8 8 oz glasses of water per day to keep yourself hydrated properly. Dehydration can lead to headaches.
What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?
If you suffer from primary headaches, your doctor of chiropractic can perform one or a mixture of the following:
- Performing spinal manipulation and/or chiropractic adjustments as needed to help improve the function of your spine and alleviate stress on your system.
- Provide good nutritional advice for daily living. Recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of essential vitamins that will benefit your body.
- Passing along advice on nutrition, ergonomics for working, exercises, and relaxation techniques. Advice that can all help toward relief of joint irritation of the neck and muscles that can lead to headaches.
Chiropractic doctors on the go training that helps their patients are many ways Beyond just a simple treatment of lower back pain. They have an understanding of the way tension in the spine can relate to problems in other parts of the body and cause pain. They can also help you to take steps towards relieving those problems, with or without Chiropractic adjustment and spinal manipulation involved.
If you experience headache pain and want to talk to someone about how chiropractic treatment can help, the doctors of Kirkman Chiropractic in Orlando, Florida are here. Get in touch with us today via web form or by calling at 407-291-1000. We would love to discuss your goals for health and how we can help achieve them together.
- Bryans R, Descarreaux M, Duranleau M, et al. Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with neck pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2014; 37: 42-63.
- Bryans R, Descarreaux M, Duranleau M, et al. Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headache. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2011; 34: 274-89.
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