Headaches for some people, are a regular occurance. They can be triggered by several factors including muscle tension, stress, bright lights, food, perfume, poor posture, or lack of exercise. Some headaches are also an indication of underlying conditions.
Headaches are not pleasant. They can have several effects on the body which subtract from your focus. With chiropractic care, it is possible to diagnose and to treat different types of headaches such as tension and cervicogenic headaches.
At Wellsure Chiropractic Caloundra, we offer chiropractic care and treatment for different types of headaches through various techniques including manual therapry and other methods.
Types of Headaches That Can Be Treated by Chiropractic Care
Studies have shown that there are over 200 different types of headaches. However, not all headaches can be managed by chiropractic care. Some of the types of Headaches that Chiropractic may help, include:
- Cervicogenic headache (CGH)
- Tension-Type headache (TTH)
- Migraine headache
- Cluster headache
- Sinus headache
Cervicogenic Headaches (CGH)
This is a type of headache may present as discomfort stemming from the base of the skull, radiating up over the head on either or both sides. In other words, it is the headache originating from cervical spine (or neck).
To understand it better, this type of headache can be either unilateral or bilateral which means it starts from one (or both) sides of the posterior neck and head, then it migrates to the front.
Cervicogenic headaches are often experienced by weight-lifters, athletes, desk based workers and is often associated with some neck pains or stiffness.
Statistics show that about 15 – 20 percent of people who suffer from headaches globally experience this type of headache. Chiropractic has been shown beneficial in the treatment of cervicogenic headaches.
Tension-Type Headache (TTH)
With tension headaches, its is common to experience as dull pain on both sides of the head, which often feels like pressure squeezing the skull. It is the most common type of headache experienced by 78% of the headache patients.
Stress and muscle tension are usually the main cause of tension-type headaches. Other known causes include dental problems, eye strain, caffeine and alcohol among other causes.
Tension-type headaches can present with pain on both sides of the head, and it is usually mild or moderate. In addition to that, TTH’s often present as “pressure across the head” including the forehead, back, and sides.
At Wellsure Chiropractic, tension-type headache (TTH) is among the conditions that are diagnosed and managed by experienced well-trained chiropractors. One of the options used by these professionals include Chiropractic adjustments. There are other techniques utlised when required for specific needs and presentations.
Migraine headache often present as a throbbing pain, intense pounding often on one side of the head. It is estimated to affect about 10% of the people of between 20 – 50 years globally.
This type of headache can be severe in nauture. Some of the known triggers of Migraine headaches include weather changes, bright lights, stress and fatigue.
Other knowm causes of migraine headache include the following:
- Changes in sleep pattern
- Too much caffeine or withdrawal
- Menstrual periods
- Certain foods or drinks
Can chiropractic help with migraine headaches?
Studies have revealed that chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (CSMT) may benefit those who suffer migraine headaches, For some people Chiropractic can provide tremendous relief of Migraines, for some people not.
It is, therefore, important to visit one of our experienced chiropractors in Caloundra to assess your case, diagnose, and recommend the right technique for your individual case.
Cluster Headaches can be severe and can wake you people from their sleep. The pain associated with this type of headache is usually located around one eye and on either side of the head. It is called cluster headache because they usually present in clusters of time, almost the same time each day.
Other characteristic of cluster headaches can included headaches with sweating on the forehead, restlessness or agitation, sudden pain that peaks in 10 – 15 minutes, and eyelid drooling or swelling among other symptoms. Among the causes include certain foods that contain nitrates, bright light, exercise, and weather changes.
Sinus headaches oftern present as dull pain in the forehead, behind the eyes, or on the cheekbones. It carries the symptoms of sinus infection, and symptoms may include:
- Tenderness of the face
- Pressure-like pain on a specific area of your head
- Pain may become severe with head movements
- Runny nose with clear or watery discharge
- Sudden temperature changes in the body
- Upper teeth may feel achy
Whether it is allergic, fungal, or otherwise, sinus headaches are associated with pressure changes in the sinuses which lead to headaches.
Causes includes sinusitis, sinus congestion and inflammation.
One of the ways in which our Caloundra chiropractors may help to manage the symptoms of sinus headaches is through cranial release techniques.
Assessing for suitability of Chiropractic treatment:
The first step is a comprehensive assessment of the person suffering from headaches.. This is achieved through a thorough case history and other examinations. If identified as a type of Headache that Chiropractic may help, we then detail the treatment plan.
Just a few of the chiropractic techniques employed by experienced professionals in this space, include:
When manual adjustmenta are deemed suitable, the chiropractor will use his or her hands to manipulate joints, spine, and bones that may be misaligned in your body.
A chiropractor may also implement massaging to the muscles and joints and also along the membranes or connective tissues that support these areas. The aim of manual therapy is to improve spinal function, reduce tissue stress which can be very beneficial in managing different types of headaches.
Chiropractic care also involves lifestyle education aimed at the long term correction of the headaches. For instance, it could be the food that you eat and, in that case, you are advised on the best lifestyle change.
Stress management technique is part of the lifestyle educatiob that can help in the management of stress-related headaches.
Chiropractic care is a wholesome approach that not only considers specific conditions but considers the body as a whole. This includes the understaning of the physical, chemical and emotional aspects of the persons wellbeing.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Some of the soft tissue techniques being administered include message and myofascial release that are helpful in relaxing tight muscles around the neck region, and in most cases that which lead to headaches.
Therapeutic exercises are part of the treatment packages in chiropractic care for headaches. For instance, at Wellsure Chiropractic, our experienced chiropractors will recommend or incorporate a therapeutic exercise plan that can work for your case. Some of the exercise plans include spinal stabilization exercises and others that are necessary for complete healing or relief.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Headaches
There are numerous benefits that chiropractic care comes with and mostly in alleviating pain. Some of the other benefits are:
Muscle tension or stiffness especially around the neck region or on the upper back side of the body can cause tension-type headache. With chiropractic care, this can be eased by proper techniques that are effective in bringing about relaxation of those muscles for tension relief.
Improved Alignment of The Spine
When the spine is aligned properly, it helps reduce the pressure that would otherwise be exerted on the nerves and the blood vessels around the head region. This in turn helps in reducing inflammation and pains associated with pressure imbalance.
Stress is also a cause of pain. It can lead to different types of pain and with chiropractic best practices such as in addressing the issues surrounding spine alignment, releasing tension, and overall well-being. It can have a positive impact on mental health and releasing emotions.
Most patients prefer to have a non-invasive approach to their conditions and hence chiropractic care becomes the option. It is possible to manage and to treat any type of headache as highlighted above without the use of drugs, just by having the right technique applied to bring about relief.
It is important to understand that chiropractic care or treatment is a wholesome and holistic approach that not only address the symptoms but also the root causes of the problem. For headaches, they examine the condition, symptoms, and root causes before administering the treatment technique. In addition to that, it provides a lifestyle plan that is helpful in preventing the headaches from recurring based on the causes.
How Often Should You Go to Chiropractor for Headaches?
The number of times you should visit a chiropractor for headaches entirely depends with your situation or severity of your symptoms. It is, however, recommendable to see a chiropractor on regular basis for the maintenance of spinal alignment.
In summary, chiropractic care for many is one of the most effective solutions for different types of headaches. It uses different approaches and techniques that are suited for different individuals.
Therefore, if you are wondering whether chiropractic would be helpful for your case, it is important to consult a Chiropractor for an in-depth examination.
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