If you’ve ever had a headache, you know how irritating and frustrating they can be. And you’re not alone: approximately 4.5 million Canadians suffer from recurring migraines and tension headaches. Millions of dollars are spent on over the counter medications and prescription drugs to help combat the pain, but unfortunately for many people, they provide minimal relief. Probably not what you wanted to hear!
But we’re here to tell you that there’s good news. Research has shown that chiropractic care can help relieve some types of headaches. How you ask?
Recent studies have connected certain types of headaches with nerve irritation and muscle tension. When you are stressed, have poor posture, or spend a long time in one fixed position, your muscles become tense and your joints don’t move the way your body intends them to. This is particularly noticeable in your neck and upper back. The combination of tight muscle and misaligned joints can lead to pressure on nerves around your neck, back, and scalp, causing your head to ache. This is where chiropractors come in.
Chiropractors can perform spinal adjustments to areas in the neck and upper back which are not functioning properly. They can also identify tight muscles, and use techniques designed to reduce the tension. And many patients can start to feel an almost immediate relief after their treatment.
It is important to note that not all headaches are caused by the nerve irritation mentioned above. A thorough examination performed by your chiropractor can help you determine what is the likely cause of your pain, and decide on proper treatment – either by them or another healthcare professional. They can also help you modify your diet and lifestyle to help reduce your headache frequency, and figure out any triggers which may be the culprit.
So before you reach for that extra strength migraine pill, give us a call and try chiropractic care!