Headaches and Migraines Q & A
Can headaches be serious?
A headache can be common to most people. However, if headaches are chronic or recurring, this can signify something much more serious. The two most major types of headache are:
- Migraines - can cause with nausea and sensitivity to light and sound are also common symptoms.
- Tension headaches - pain on both sides of the head that may be associated with muscle pain.
These kinds of headaches can be problematic and interfere with quality of life. They can affect vision, bodily functions, pain, and sensation elsewhere in the body. They can even affect mood and personality changes.
What can a doctor of chiropractic do?
Every patient is an individual case and as such treatment will vary based on specific needs. Chiropractors will correct the musculoskeletal source of your headache through spinal manipulations. Dr. Strauss may also use one or more of the following to treat you for chronic headache or migraine pain:
- Spinal manipulation - chiropractic adjustments are used to improve realign the spine, improve spinal function, and alleviate the stress on your system responsible for creating tension in the neck and head.
- Provide nutritional advice and education – sometimes a deficiency in vitamins and minerals can cause headaches to occur.
- Corrective exercises – proper posture, exercises, and relaxation techniques can aid in relieving any recurring joint irritation or tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
What if I don’t have a headache when I come in?
Sometimes when you visit the chiropractor the headache pain will not be evident. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the underlying issue has been addressed. Because there are many different reasons for headaches to develop, each with varying degrees of pain, they will often return if the underlying problem is not corrected. Repeat visits are recommended to help retrain and strengthen the muscles supporting the spine and head.