Headaches are common for millions of individuals around the globe. However, migraines, cluster headaches and more also plague sufferers in great numbers. The percentage of adults with severe headaches or migraines in 2016 was 15.5%. Those living with migraine symptoms for 5 to 9 days per month in 2015 was 19%. For those suffering, chiropractic treatment can be a useful tool to experience much-needed relief.
Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches
Can a chiropractor help with headaches? Yes. According to the American Chiropractic Association, around 95% of headaches are primary headaches such as tension, migraine or cluster headaches.
Primary headaches are not caused by diseases. Instead, the headache itself is the primary concern. Chiropractors treat primary headaches such as tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, chronic headaches and sinus headaches by:
• Performing spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve your spinal function and alleviate stress
• Providing advice on nutrition, posture, work postures, exercises and relaxation techniques for pain relief (this helps to decrease joint irritation and tension in the neck and back)
Migraines and Chiropractic Care
According to the Migraine Treatment Centers of America, headaches are the third most popular reason that adults in America seek chiropractic care. Patients who received chiropractic care for migraines once or twice a week for eight weeks saw a reduction in migraine symptoms.
Most often, spinal manipulations are the chiropractic treatment for migraine headaches. However, your chiropractor might offer heat and ice treatments, strengthening, stretching and massage for your symptoms.
Can Chiropractic Adjustments Cause Headaches?
Chiropractic adjustments can result in a few common side effects, especially in individuals who have never experienced an adjustment before. Spinal manipulations can cause minor flu-like symptoms, a sign that your body is responding to treatment. Having a mild headache after a chiropractic session is also a common side effect, usually accompanied by mild nausea or fatigue. Should you experience any at all, side effects should only last up to a couple of days.
Need Chiropractic Treatment for Your Head Pain?
Headaches such as sinus headaches, cluster headaches, chronic headaches and migraines are common. For some headache sufferers, chiropractic treatment has reduced—if not fully relieved—most headache symptoms. To learn more about how chiropractic treatment could be a great option for you, give Proactive Chiropractic a call today at 704-659-3311 or send us a message.