Imagine you are in the middle of a very productive day when head pain stops you in your tracks. If you have ever had tension headaches or migraines, you can surely relate. Dull headache pain can cause irritability and reduced mental focus. A migraine will put you in great pain, very often leading you to avoid light and sounds for an extended period of time. Headaches are serious business and need to be addressed. Taking over the counter pain medicine might be able to put a band aid on the pain temporarily, but it is not the solution.
Seeking the advice of a Roswell chiropractor before, during, or after a headache occurs is a step in the right direction. This is especially true for tension headaches, because they often originate from the neck. There are several headache causes, such as dehydration, low blood sugar, stress, fatigue, high blood pressure, and neck muscle spasm. Continue reading to understand headaches a little bit better before you visit your chiropractor.
The two most common types of recurring headaches are tension headaches and migraines.
Tension headaches are by far the most common headache. Patients often describe it as having a constant dull pain on one or both sides of their head. This achy feeling can also be found around the head, where the band of a hat would be, and behind the eyes. These types of headaches can last for days or end just as quickly as they started. The most common triggers are bad posture and stress.
Subluxations in the neck and upper back are often the root cause of neck muscle trigger points and tension headaches. What is a Subluxation? When a bone in your spine (vertebrae) moves out of position and causes irritation of spinal nerves, a subluxation is present. Muscles surrounding the area of a subluxation will often go into spasm, triggering headache pain. Chiropractors are experts in identifying where a subluxation is in the spine and how to properly address it.
Migraines are the second most common headache, affecting women more than men. These intense headaches typically come with overwhelming throbbing pain, nausea, and sensitivity to noise or light. They often begin after experiencing a visual aura and are typically felt on one side of the head. A migraine may last only a few hours or as long as a few days. Although the exact cause of migraines is not fully understood and migraines may have different causes in different individuals, there are several theories as to their origin. These theories including the following: vascular irregularities in the brain, brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) and nerve pathway disorders, genetics, and central nervous system disorders.
Some known migraine triggers are stress, lack of sleep, strong odors, bright or flickering lights, weather changes, and certain foods or food additives, like preservatives or sweeteners.
Many chiropractic patients have experienced a decrease in the pain intensity, frequency, or duration of their migraines by having their spines checked and subluxations addressed.
Dr. Rana Slatton at Wellspring Chiropractic in Roswell is happy to help you find a solution for your recurring headaches. Call today for a complimentary consultation, which is simply a conversation with the Doctor and not a commitment. Dr. Rana will get to know your specific situation and goals, and you will get to hear about the NeuroStructural Corrective Chiropractic Care she provides her patients at Wellspring Chiropractic. Then, when you know you are in the right place to address your recurring headaches, you may begin care in the office. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how chiropractic can help you avoid headache pain in the future.
Are you FINALLY ready to say “goodbye” to your recurring headaches? Get started by scheduling your Complimentary Consultation with Dr. Rana Slatton, your Roswell Chiropractor, today!