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Headaches are not normal, yet nine out of ten Americans experience headaches each day. If you are one of them, you are painfully aware of how incapacitating they can be. Although there are many causes of head pain, the majority of all headaches fall into two categories: migraine headaches and tension headaches.
Migraine headaches are known to be the more severe of the two. Migraines affect more women than men and can be preceded by an "aura" that can come in the form of altered vision and hearing. Migraines can last for more than a day, can be triggered by certain environmental stimuli, and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and photophobia (fear of light). The pain of a migraine can incapacitate you for hours, days, or even a lifetime. Those that suffer feel there is no migraine treatment available. However, many people are using Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic care as treatment for migraines.
Adjustments of the neck, along with stretching and strengthening exercises, have been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of headaches.
We specialize in migraine treatments. Contact us for more information about our treatment for headaches.
Tension headaches are usually described as a tightening band around the head and base of the neck, and are of shorter duration. According to the latest research, 9% of men and 12% of women in the U.S. experience at least 1-2 headache episodes per month. And more than 4% of the U.S. population suffers from frequent headaches, defined as headaches that occur at least 180 days a year. Yet most individuals simply mask this pain with drugs as a treatment for headaches.
What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? (Recent studies show the leading cause of liver disease in the United States is due to the overuse of over-the-counter pain relievers!) There is a better alternative for migraine headache relief. Chiropractic treatment for migraines is a drug free option.
Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic care has been changing lives for decades through the use of the Atlas Orthogonal Table Mounted Precision Adjusting Instrument. Those who have experienced headache and migraine headache relief share their stories about how this technique has worked for them on our patient stories page.
Chiropractic care delivers safe, effective, long-term tension and migraine headache relief. This is because most headaches have a spinal, muscular, or habitual component, which the chiropractor has been trained to identify and treat. Treatment of headaches comes through the precise adjustment of the atlas bone.
New research shows that spinal correction - the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic - may be an effective migraine treatment option as well as one for headaches that originate in the neck.
A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.
Chiropractic migraine treatment provides migraine headache relief by adjusting the first cervical vertebrae, hence, removing pressure on the nerve fibers that pass through the area. Most patients find themselves headache-free within four to six treatments.
The frequency and severity of migraine headaches can be significantly reduced through proper spinal alignment performed by a chiropractor. This type of treatment for migraines focuses on areas of the body where movement seems to be abnormal. Muscle tension of the neck, upper back, and the shoulders are usually another source of headaches. Treating postural issues will help problematic muscles and often reduce the reoccurrence of the migraines. These are good tools to prevent tension and can be considered a useful treatment for headaches as well. Contact us to attend our Trigger Point Workshop, Mondays @7pm.
The Atlas Orthogonal Technique provides chiropractic migraine treatment that delivers an adjustment specific to each individual's atlas bone misalignment. The instrument provides a gentle, precise correction using only 6 pounds of force, making it extremely effective and consistent without having to twist, turn or pop the neck.
Another treatment for migraines can be through the use of proper nutrition and exercise. Chiropractic adjustments combined with these lifestyle changes allow a person suffering from migraine headaches to carry on with their normal routine and increase their functioning in the activities of daily living. Many sufferers continue to visit a chiropractor as a form of prevention. Patients often feel an immediate sense of relief following an adjustment.
Thanks to the American Chiropractic Association for the use of this article!