Headaches are one of the more common conditions that enter offices of primary care physicians, including medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic.
The standard chiropractic treatment approach includes manual therapies such as spinal adjustments, manual or axial cervical traction, mobilization techniques, trigger point therapy, electrical stimulation, microcurrent stimulation, ultrasound and nutritional counseling.
There are many types of headaches, which can be generally classified as primary or secondary:
Primary Headaches: 1. Migraine, 2. Tension-type, 3. Cluster headaches.
Sencondary headaches occur because some other condition or injury is present such as after a car accident or slip and fall injury, due to infection, a sinus, jaw, or dental condition.
The Chiropractic approach may provide relief for your headaches. Frequently, with headache patients. the vertebra, in the upper neck lose their normal range of motion and the muscles that attach to the base of the skull become overly tight and squeeze ot compress the nerves feeding into the head. Gentle Chiropractic care restores the vertebral range of motion, which in turn reduces the muscle tension and subsequent nerve compression, resulting in a reduction of headache pain.