Headaches and Chiropractic Care
During your lifetime most people suffer from at least one headache. however, the cause of the headache may differ for individuals.
Headaches can be triggered by the environment, stress, food, and dehydration. Headaches can also be caused from muscles, joints, ligaments, or nerves.
Types of Headaches and causes
Migraine – intense throbbing or pulsing sensation on one or both sides of the head frequently accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. The cause of migraines is still unknown, but there seems to be a relationship between individual genetics and the environment. Migraines are commonly associated with triggers such as hormonal changes, food and additives, stress, sleep, physical and sensory factors, the environment, and certain medications.
Cervicogenic headache - pain usually on one side of the head. The pain can start at the base of the skull and spread to the front of the head. Pain can be triggered or worsened by neck movement.
Tension headaches – constant pain and pressure described as dull and achy. Pain can be felt on both sides of the head, forehead, temples, and even back of the head. Often referred to as a tight band around the head. They are caused by stress, anxiety, eye strain, poor posture, and injuries.
Cluster headaches – severe, stabbing, penetrating, burning or explosive recurring pain that is located on one side of the head. Cluster headaches have a rapid onset and can frequently present in patterns or “clusters” over a certain period of time. Often described as starting around or “behind” the eye and can cause redness or watering of the eye, stuffy or runny nose, droopy eyelid, facial swelling or flushing and sensitivity to light and noise. The cause of cluster headaches is unknown but has been linked to problems in regulating temperature, blood pressure, hormones, or sleep.
How chiropractor care can help:
Chiropractors can assess, diagnose, and manage headaches; however, in some cases referral and co-management may be the most appropriate course of treatment.
Evidence has demonstrated that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulative therapy, can be an effective treatment for cervicogenic and tension-type headaches. More so, studies have demonstrated that care offered by chiropractors can also decrease the intensity and frequency of migraines.
Depending on the findings of the history and patient examination, the chiropractor may recommend patient reassurance, manual therapies, modalities, and lifestyle recommendations including rehabilitation. The plan of management will be individualized to the patient’s needs and examination findings.
The treatment options may include:
• Patient education and reassurance
• Manipulation and mobilization
• Soft tissue therapy
• Modalities including electrical stimulation, acupuncture, ultrasound, and others
• Rehabilitation and exercises
• Ergonomic and lifestyle changes
• Referral and co-management
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