• Headaches can be the sign of a serious medical condition, so there’s a simple rule: If you’re worried and wondering when it’s time to see a chiropractor, you shouldn’t wait. Pick up the phone and make a chiropractic appointment.

    Common Causes of Headaches

    Primary headaches – like migraines – happen because of problems with the pain-sensitive nerves in your head. Chemical activity in the brain, nerves and blood vessels, or your head and neck muscles can cause these problems.

    Secondary headaches feel similar but are fundamentally different. They’re symptoms of a disease somewhere else in the body that activates the pain-sensitive nerves in your head. Things like serious sinus infections, dehydration and dental problems can cause these headaches.

    Knowing When to Call a Chiropractor About Your Headache

    Each person’s body is different, and it can be difficult to diagnose exactly what causes your headaches. Even experienced doctors sometimes struggle with making a proper headache diagnosis. Your chiropractor has in-depth knowledge and tools that can help determine what’s going on.

    Make an appointment with your chiropractor if:

    • Your headaches happen more often than seems usual
    • Your headaches are more serious than they typically have been in the past
    • You’re taking over-the-counter or prescription medicine, but it doesn’t seem to be working
    • You’re worried about how many headaches you have or how much they hurt
    • Things seem to be getting worse

    What to Expect When You See a Chiropractor for Your Headache

    If you decide that it’s time to see a chiropractor for headache treatment, he will start by talking with you about your symptoms. You may be asked to do additional testing that can pinpoint what might be happening to the pain-sensitive nerves in your brain.

    Your chiropractor will then make a diagnosis and create a personalized treatment plan just for you. The treatment plan will target the underlying cause of your headaches. Your treatment might include spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustments) and other proven methods of healing headaches. Your chiropractor might also teach you some stretches and talk with you about proper posture, exercise and nutrition. These things can really help you feel better.

    To learn how Dr. Khlebopros can help you with your headaches, fill in the online contact form on our contact page or call us at 704-659-3311.

    Sources: https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/headache/basics/when-to-see-doctor/sym-20050800; https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/headache/basics/causes/sym-20050800

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