Can a Chiropractor Fix Your Headaches?
If you experience regular headaches, you aren't alone. Headaches are the most common form of pain reported among patients, commonly causing absenteeism at work and school.
Many people turn to pharmaceuticals for relief. Overuse of headache medication can worsen the situation, however, resulting in recurring medication overuse headaches.
Chiropractic care offers drug-free headache treatment and prevention.
What Causes Headaches?
Spinal misalignment is one cause of headaches. When the vertebrae in the neck and back aren't aligned, the surrounding muscles and soft tissues become stressed and inflamed. This tension can radiate through the back and up through the neck, causing a headache.
Poor ergonomics worsen such misalignment. For example, if you frequently stare down at your phone, you are constantly straining your neck. This phenomenon has become so common that chiropractors have a phrase for it – text neck.
Migraines are a unique type of headache characterized by a throbbing sensation in the head, along with symptoms such as light sensitivity and nausea. Triggers for migraines include stress and lack of sleep.
What Headache Treatments Are Available?
Chiropractic care can address many of the triggers causing headaches. It's proven incredibly effective at alleviating tension-type headaches.
Here's how chiropractic care can help prevent headaches:
Correct Spinal Misalignments
Chiropractors use spinal decompression to gently stretch the spine and fix vertebral misalignment, reestablishing reliable structural support for the spine.
Reduce Physical Tension
Ongoing spinal misalignment causes tension in the myofascial tissues interwoven among muscles and bones. Myofascial release therapy targets those areas of tension. Using manual massage, a chiropractor works out the tension in the tissues, alleviating pressure that may otherwise lead to headaches.
Alleviate Mental Stress
When you're stressed, you react physically. You might hunch up your shoulders or clench your teeth, for instance. By reducing stress, a chiropractor can help prevent such physical tension.
Headache Treatments in Medford and Marlton, New Jersey
For headache treatments in Medford or Marlton, New Jersey, head to O'Keefe Chiropractic Center. Doctors Michael J O'Keefe, D.C., DAAPM, and James S. Osenenko, D.C., provide compassionate, personalized care designed to get rid of headaches quickly.
Eliminate headaches from your life today. Call our Medford office at (609) 654-4299 to schedule an appointment.