Chiropractors for Migraines Athens GA
Headaches can be a real problem for a lot of people. Millions of Americans suffer from them every day. For these people, medication may sometimes help, but it is usually just temporary. Regular chiropractic adjustments can most often relieve your headache without drugs. Headaches can come from many different causes, and chiropractic care can help alleviate most of them. Some of the more common types of headaches include cluster headaches, tension headaches, cervicogenic headaches, migraines, and headaches caused from TMJ. A preventive wellness care approach with our chiropractors helps address the root cause of your headaches rather than briefly treating the symptoms. Our holistic approach promotes optimal healing, health, and wellness.
Cervicogenic headaches come from the cervical spine and often lead to debilitating, consistent pain in the head and/or face. These are commonly caused by dysfunction of the joints of the neck spine, usually from accidents or other injuries. The adjustments, exercises, and trigger point therapies we use with chiropractic care helps improve the function of the joints and addresses the underlying cause associated with cervicogenic headaches.
Cervicogenic Headache Symptoms
Pain in the back of the neck
Pain radiating to the temples and ear
Lack of neck flexibility
Shoulder and/or arm pain
Dull pain sensation
A migraine headache can also many times be caused by a structural problem in the spine. Spine misalignment causes nerve compression. Nerve compression sends messages to the muscles of the body causing them to tense up. The nerve compression itself and/or the tension in the muscles can lead to these types of headaches. Migraines can also sometimes be related to food allergies or triggers. The doctors at Chiropractic Works can relieve these types of headaches with muscle therapy, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, chiropractic adjustments and other types of holistic approaches. Your spine should stay aligned so that there is less physical stress on the nerves and less tension on the muscles. People who experience migraines know how painful and crippling they can be. Most people who suffer from them often take medication to get rid of the symptoms, however this does not address the underlying cause. When the pain is long lasting or recurring, medications aren’t enough. Structural problems can cause headaches and migraines, and chiropractic care addresses these conditions.
Migraine Headache Symptoms
Severe pain in one or both sides of the head
Throbbing, pulsing pain
Light, sound, and/or smell sensitivity
Nausea and sometimes vomiting
Blurry vision or auras
Fatigue and difficulty staying alert
Tension headaches are very common and often caused from muscle spasms, stress, or bad posture and poor ergonomics. You may need to see a chiropractor if this happens often or is a chronic issue for you. Studies have shown that chiropractic neck massage and spinal manipulation reduces pain associated with tension headaches.
Tension Headache Symptoms
Dull pain or ache in the head
Pressure in one or multiple spots around the head
Muscle “tension” or tenderness in the shoulders and neck
Cluster headaches are very painful. They come in cycles called cluster periods, and they last for weeks or months. Medications can help relieve these headaches temporarily, but the doctors at Chiropractic Works can impact the source of the cluster headaches, relieving them for long periods of time and potentially even permanently. Cluster headaches usually happen when people are stressed. They’re caused by a sudden increase in pressure or inflammation inside the head, which causes a throbbing sensation. The inflammation can also be the cause of pressure on nerves. People who suffer from this condition often experience migraines as well.
Cluster Headache Symptoms
Sudden pain or swelling on one side of the face
Pain in the ear or behind the eye
Pain peaks within 15 minutes
Watery eyes and congestion
Agitation and distress
Chiropractic Treatment for Migraines & Headaches
Chiropractic care has been proven to reduce migraine headaches by 90% and regular exercise reduces migraine intensity by 68%. Chiropractic care has been used for over 125 years to address the issues associated with headaches and migraines, and it is effective because it addresses the underlying function of the spine. Chiropractors use gentle and non-invasive techniques to make spinal adjustments that can provide immediate and long-lasting relief. Chiropractic care can play a significant role in helping you get rid of your headache or migraine, and improve your overall health. Call us if you’re suffering from headaches or migraines. We’ll be happy to help.
How Chiropractic Care Addresses Migraines & Headaches
Our chiropractors use targeted methodology to adjust the alignment of your back to relieve stress on your nervous system. By relieving stress on your nervous system, you’re less likely to get headaches. Seeing one of our chiropractic doctors can help counteract the stress that you face in daily life. Whether you spend long hours driving, or you work an office-job, stress can manifest in various ways that lead to headaches. When you come to see us for your headaches, we’ll evaluate all possible causes of your pain and address it accordingly.
Treating the Source & Cause of the Headache
Headaches are commonly caused by stress (sometimes injury). Long hours at a laptop or smartphone, certain foods, and poor sleep patterns can all trigger headaches. Tension headaches can often be caused by being in the same position for too long. Spending too much time looking down at your phone or sitting at a desk can cause muscle tension in your neck and shoulders. This can lead to “tech neck” and headaches. Chiropractors recommend taking breaks every 30-60 minutes and changing positions to relieve muscle tension. Overall, lifestyle tweaks paired with chiropractic adjustments can make big differences to help relieve your chronic headaches. Chiropractic adjustments are commonly used by doctors to address headaches. X-rays are only sometimes necessary to take before performing an adjustment. Doctors use a targeted methodology to determine the cause of pain and treat that pain at the source.