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Headaches: Causes and How Chiropractic Care Can Help

The type of headache you have can be determined by the area you’re experiencing pain in. This guide will discuss common causes of headaches and how chiropractic therapy can help relieve its symptoms.

Different Types of Headaches

Headaches caused by tension are one of the most common types and are characterized by pain in the neck, head, or scalp. Since tension headaches are associated with neck or back strain, chiropractic therapy can help relieve the condition.

Migraine is another type of headache associated with throbbing pain. In addition to debilitating pain, migraines cause sensitivity to surrounding environment. This condition is usually chronic, and the pain may last for a few hours or even a few days.

Primary Headache

Headaches can either be primary or secondary, based on the causes. Primary headaches are caused due to over-activity and issues with pain-sensitive structures in the head. The blood vessels or nerves, chemical activity in the brain, and the neck and head muscles often contribute to primary headaches.

Tension headache, migraine, and cluster headache are some example of primary headache. All these types can be easily managed with chiropractic therapy. Primary headaches are triggered by lifestyle factors such as poor posture, stress, processed foods, skipped meals, and changes in sleep patterns.

Secondary Headache

This form of headache is a sign of an underlying disease activating the pain-sensitive nerves in your head. Conditions that can cause a secondary headache include arterial tears, acute sinusitis, brain tumors, blood clots in the brain, dental problems, concussions, Carbon monoxide poisoning, dehydration, and more.

Spinal, thunderclap, sinus, and medication overuse headaches are different types of secondary headaches.

How Does Chiropractic Therapy Help Relieve Headaches?

Chiropractors can diagnose, assess, and manage headaches. Chiropractic treatment helps reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. A chiropractic expert will first perform a spinal manipulation on your neck and back.

They will then identify misaligned vertebrae and even recommend X-rays. Most of the time excess pressure and stress on the nervous system prevents the body from functioning normally.

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Expert Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic care is a powerful treatment for improving your overall well-being and reducing the frequency of headaches. By addressing the root cause of your headache, our advanced chiropractic care services will provide lasting relief.

Contact us here to book an appointment with our expert chiropractor Dr. James Stapleton, DC, at Shelby County Chiropractic.