Headaches and Migraines
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Elite Chiropractic for Headaches and Migraines
Our Chiropractic Care Offers Hope, Relief, and Healing for Headaches and Migraines
Some of the most common issues we see here at West Suburban Wellness are migraines and other headaches. Although it’s easy to dismiss such pain as “just a headache,” it is essential to seek treatment for head pain. Here our team of expert chiropractors for headaches and migraines gives you information about different headaches and the benefits of visiting us.
Headaches and Migraines
If you discovered our practice by searching the internet for “headache and migraine treatment near me,” you are not alone. Each year, approximately half of Americans will have at least one headache. Four percent of people worldwide spend 15 or more days each month in the grip of headache pain.
Migraines are a type of headache that can occur over several days. These headaches often occur with throbbing, stabbing pain on one side of the head. Many people with migraines also have pain behind the eye on the same side as the rest of their head pain. Some other migraine symptoms include:
Amplified sensitivity to sound or light
Nausea and vomiting
Common Causes of Headaches and Migraines
There is a wide range of triggers that can cause headaches and migraines. Environmental issues such as changes in atmospheric pressure or inhaling pollutants can trigger headaches. High blood pressure, infections, and other health conditions can also cause headaches. Depression, anxiety, and stress cause and worsen migraines and headaches. Fasting, loud music, and bright lights can lead to migraines in some individuals.
Although these are causes that many of our patients know about when they first come to see us at West Suburban Wellness, they are not the main ones we see. Injuries, spinal dysfunction, and muscular issues cause the bulk of headaches we treat. Fortunately, our headache and migraine chiropractors can treat these underlying causes through direct headache chiropractic treatment and prescribed lifestyle interventions. Whiplash, tension, stress, and sinus issues are also frequently responsible for headaches our chiropractors treat.
Whiplash is often overlooked as a cause of migraine or headache pain. Whiplash headaches usually cause pain at the skull base that gets worse when the neck is moved. A whiplash headache can be excruciatingly painful since both the head and neck are involved. The violent forward and backward movement that occurs during car accidents is responsible for this type of headache.
Tension headaches are caused by heightened muscular tension in the back of the head and the neck. Patients with tension headaches complain of a tightening sensation, like giant rubber bands squeezing around their heads. Frequently, we see underlying muscular imbalances and spinal misalignments accompany these headaches. These underlying issues cause tension headaches and intensify the pain they cause.
Stress causes migraines in 70% of those who have migraine headaches. While stress can cause headaches, the stress of having a migraine can worsen stress. This can create a vicious cycle that leads to more frequent and intense migraines. Increased emotional stress can also reduce the immune system’s effectiveness over time.
Sinus headaches are painful because of the intense pressure within sinuses that aren’t adequately draining due to allergies or infections. Since sinus cavities are in the cheeks, forehead, and around the eyes, sinus headaches can cause pain behind the cheeks, forehead, and eyes.
How Chiropractic Works to Alleviate Headaches and Migraines
At West Suburban Wellness, we offer chiropractic for headaches and migraines that relieves our patients’ pain without over-the-counter drugs or potentially addictive prescription medications. Treatments are gentle, non-invasive, and help our patients feel their best.
We also work hard to help our patients fit healthy lifestyle interventions such as exercise in their daily routines. We know that our headache treatment is only as effective as much as its lifestyle interventions are consistently practiced. Therefore, we always consider our patients’ preferences and daily lives when designing their treatment programs.
How Our Headache & Migraine Chiropractors Can Help
Headache and migraine chiropractic treatment have several benefits for our patients. Some of them are:
Optimized physical performance
Chiropractic adjustment, also called spinal manipulation, is a foundational therapy in chiropractic care. This treatment focuses on achieving proper spinal alignment. Spinal alignment is essential to good health because the spine houses the spinal cord’s nerves. When these nerves are free of compression, they can adequately carry signals to and from the brain.
Some of our patients wonder how treating something in the back can help with headache pain. The answer is simply that the nerves are all interconnected. When nerves can’t communicate freely due to spinal misalignment, the brain can’t process pain signals properly, leading to more pain. Some other areas that spinal misalignment, also called spinal subluxation affects include circulation, breathing, and digestion. Since headaches have such a range of causes, correcting spinal subluxation can address many of them at once.
At West Suburban Wellness, our headache and migraine treatment focus on the top three vertebrae in the spinal column. These are closest to the skull and are common culprits for migraine pain when they are out of alignment. Since we have a holistic philosophy, we work with patients to uncover other causes of migraines or assess other areas to help them achieve the best health possible.
Massage therapy is a popular treatment for relieving headache-inducing muscular tension. Sitting at a desk with hunched shoulders and necks pushed forward is how many people spend their working days. At West Suburban Wellness, we find massage therapy enhances circulation and provides soothing relief for tired, achy muscles.
Sinus headaches respond well to massage therapy. Our chiropractors prescribe this therapy to gently drain the sinuses and decrease the pressure in our office. When combined with sinus headache chiropractic treatment, pain leaves as the sinuses drain and heal.
Preventive and Restorative Exercise
West Suburban Wellness is as dedicated to prevention as much as we are to restoration. As a result, we prescribe custom therapeutic exercises to help our patients relieve pain and prevent recurrences. Due to our society’s fixation with smartphones, computers, and other screens, we see many patients with forwarding head posture.
The head was designed to line up with the shoulders directly. When we spend large amounts of time looking down at screens, our necks become stiff and strained. This increased muscular strain can intensify or even cause headaches.
Our chiropractors analyze each patient’s postural and movement patterns. Then we create a customized movement program containing posture corrective and preventive exercises. Our goal here at West Suburban Wellness is to help our patients feel fantastic and enjoy excellent health.
Gentle, Trusted Relief For Headache Pain
Headaches and migraines can cause so much pain and disability. Even when they seem minor, they can be signs of serious underlying issues. Call our experienced and caring chiropractic team. We can help you get the pain out of your way so you can move on to a healthier future.
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