Chiropractic treatment for headaches are often related to soft tissue or the neck and musculoskeletal system. Headaches originate in the tissues of the neck and are referred patterns from the sub-occipital muscles.
Since chiropractors focus on the treatment of soft tissues in the spine, including the neck, most types of headaches can be managed with appropriate chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatments consist of non-invasive therapies that focus on correcting the cause of musculoskeletal type of headaches. We do not settle in short-term masking of symptoms, instead, we aim for long-term treatments.
The Most Common Causes of Headaches that Present to our Clinic are:
- problems within the neck
- Muscle-tension- neck, upper back muscular spasms, lower back pain
- Post-traumatic- following head/neck trauma, i.e. whiplash
- Drug-induced- from analgesic overuse
Chiropractor for Headaches
The types of headaches we can help with here at Perth Chiro Centre are those that are related to muscle tension or dysfunction of the facet joints of the neck. These include the following:
Cervicogenic headache refers to a type of headache that originates from the tissue structures in the cervical spine or neck region. This causes constant, strong, yet dull pain. The most common location of the pain is around the orbital (eye) region and upper neck area but may also include other areas of the face, head, and neck.
This type of headache will typically last for one to three days and reoccur ever one to four weeks until properly treated. It may also be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing of the ears, and sensitivity to light and sound – similar to migraines or severe types of headaches.
Cervicogenic headaches are caused by irritation or injury to the structures of the upper neck region, resulting in local neck pain as well as referred pain to the temporal and facial regions. This is often precipitated or aggravated by head and neck movements and by applying deep pressure to the muscles of the upper cervical area.
Muscle Tension Headaches
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, approximately representing 60% of all headaches. This is often caused by the sustained contraction of the muscles in the neck and head region. The sustained muscle contraction is usually a result of a combination of the following:
- Abnormal facet joint dysfunction
- Previous neck/upper back injury- not properly rehabilitated
- Poor posture
- Excessive emotional stress
- Anxiety or depression
- Prolonged sitting or driving
- Improper sleeping habits
Muscle tension headaches are generally mild to moderate in intensity and can last from hours to days. There is a constant tight or pressure sensation, generally feeling like a tight band is wrapping around the head. There will also be pain and tightness in the neck and shoulder area. Pain starts in the base of the skull or temporal regions of the head and spreads outwards to affect other areas of the head and neck.
Chiropractors for headaches can successfully treat neck-related headaches. This is through utilizing neck pain chiropractic, spinal adjustments, therapeutic exercises and stretches, soft tissue techniques such as trigger point work and massage, and by going through counseling about lifestyle modification and neck-related headaches. All these can significantly help in achieving great outcomes during the treatment process.
Headache Prevention Tips
Practice proper posture and ergonomics. Proper posture and ergonomics eliminate stress in the cervical and upper thoracic spine. It also helps decrease irritation, injury, and pain on the sensitive spinal tissues.
Proper stress management. Stress is a major cause of headaches. If you find your stress levels are high, please contact our office so we could help you treat your headache in the best way possible. We can appropriately assist you in managing your stress levels for migraine relief.
Regular exercise. Regular physical activity keeps our body and mind strong. It also keeps us healthy and happy. A minimum of 3 times per week for 40 minutes should be your goal. To make your exercise activity more fun, involve your friends and family, do some mix-ups and stay consistent.
Proper diet and nutrition. Providing your body with the proper fuel through a healthy diet and nutrition allows the body to fight diseases and function to a higher level.
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