There are a variety of different headaches with pain varying in intensity and location on the head. Headaches are typically described as a pressure or aching pain that can be located on the temples, the forehead, or the back of the neck. Headaches last anywhere from a few minutes to multiple hours at a time. Some common types of headaches are:
Migraines are a form of headache that causes severe throbbing or pulsating head pain on one side of the head. Neurologically, there are changes to the nerve pathways and chemicals in the brain in turn affecting blood in the brain and surrounding tissues causing a multitude of different symptoms including; sensitivity to light, sound, and smells, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, and visual disturbances
Migraines have many triggers that vary from person to person. These triggers include:
Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches and migraines. At JP Chiropractic, our trained doctor of chiropractic can perform spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy (massage), electrical stimulation, dry needling, and we can recommend lifestyle changes for preventative measures. Headaches and migraines can be caused by a mechanical disorder, by correcting any subluxations, pain will be relieved, stress on the spine will be reduced, and range of motion will be improved. Pressure will be taken off the nerves and blood vessels to provide relief from headaches and migraines. Soft tissue therapy applies light pressure to muscles to relax the muscles and relieve tension. It is also important to discuss lifestyle changes with your chiropractor. Environmental factors such as our diet, exercise, sleep, and stress levels, play a role in headaches and migraines. By managing these factors and recognizing patterns, we can help to prevent future headaches and migraines.