Headache Relief and Chiropractic
The American Chiropractic Association reports that an astounding 90 percent of the United States population experiences headaches or migraines. Whether frequent and nagging or occasional and severe, they all take a toll on your well-being and productivity. The most common treatment for headaches is medication – everything from over-the-counter analgesics to potent prescription drugs. If you’d prefer an effective drug-free alternative with additional health benefits, contact a chiropractor.
As a chiropractor here in Charlotte, I usually begin with a thorough examination followed by a discussion of your current medical situation, your lifestyle, and the nature of your headaches. There may be environmental changes you can implement right away, which may lessen the severity and frequency of your headaches – adjusting your chair or computer screen, improving lighting in your work area, reducing noise exposure, taking stretch breaks, daily low-impact exercise, drinking plenty of water, getting enough rest, and an awareness of jaw clenching so you can avoid it. We’ll talk about possible food triggers that could be the cause or contributing factor.
The majority of headaches originate from stress and the resulting tension in the head, neck, and jaw. That makes spinal manipulation an extremely effective therapy for headache relief and reducing frequency of future headaches. Most patients find almost immediately improvement and sustained alleviation of headaches caused by tension, without the potential side effects of medications.
Chiropractors receive special training and certification in spinal manipulation techniques that help relieve headaches. Chiropractic treatment consists primarily of hands-on adjustment to the alignment of your spine. That allows the spinal cord to function properly and reduces stress on your skeletal system. Along with improved ergonomics and relaxation techniques, it can help improve posture. That alleviates persistent joint irritation and releases tension in the back and neck – often the root causes of headaches.
Headaches are a real health issue. They stop you from participating in the activities you love, impact your performance at work or school, keep you from quality sleep, and can even lead to depression. Take them seriously without taking a pill – call your chiropractor in Charlotte for real answers to headache relief.