How Chiropractic Care Helps with Headaches and Migraines

Globally, as many as four percent of adults report having a headache 15 days or more in a month each year. Many of these headaches are severe and debilitating. They prevent people from working or performing normal daily activities. The most severe headaches, also known as migraines, diminish a person’s quality of life.


There are many different kinds of headaches. They occur in different areas of the head and range from mild to severe. Specific foods, illness or infection, and environmental factors can all trigger headaches.


Some remedies work better to relieve symptoms than others. There is good news. There is increasing evidence indicating that certain chiropractic adjustments can bring significant relief to chronic headache sufferers.


Tension Headaches


Human beings are much more sedentary now than ever before. Americans spend a lot of time sitting in one place and often do not practice good posture. For many people, this causes tension headaches. These usually originate in the neck, and the pain then moves upward.


Tension headaches affect women more often than men. Both stress and physical issues can trigger a tension headache. They may last only a few hours or could continue for days.


Migraine Headaches


Migraine headaches also affect women more often than men. Brain-activated inflammation causes mild to severe pain. The most common side effect is nausea. Migraines can seriously disrupt normal life routines.


Researchers think that hormones play a role in triggering some migraines. Tension headaches are not triggered by hormones. Many other things can trigger migraines, including certain foods or stress.


The Role of Chiropractic Care


Studies show participants with chronic tension headaches and migraines benefited from regular chiropractic care. Chiropractors can improve their patients’ quality of life in several ways.


A chiropractor can perform a regular spinal adjustment to ease stress and tension. Stress and tension accumulate due to poor posture, too much sitting, or not enough activity. Once he makes the adjustment, he will show posture-improving activities. These can include gentle stretches and relaxation techniques. The chiropractor will also have good nutrition advice.


A Whole-body Approach


Regular follow-up with the chiropractor is key. Many patients think that a one-time fix is enough. They don’t realize that when they leave the office, they usually go back to all the activities that caused stress before.


Chiropractors do not only perform in-office therapies like spinal manipulation or soft tissue therapy. They will also discuss lifestyle changes and rehabilitation. They can even integrate acupuncture and other therapies. Many patients can see real relief and may not need to seek out traditional medicine as often.


Real Relief Is Possible


Some people have lived with pain for so long that they think it’s how things have to be — but relief may be possible. Dr. Shariff and the staff at Whiplash Pain Center will work with you to develop a whole-body plan of care. Whiplash Pain Center has offices in Summerville, Charleston, and North Charleston, South Carolina. Call (843) 281-7837 for Summerville, (843) 972-7246 for Charleston, and (843) 636-7246 for North Charleston today.

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