Headaches Q & A
Can headaches be serious?
A headache is common to most people. Most of the time the pain a headache causes can be mild. If the headache is chronic and recurring it can be the sign of something more serious. Two of the most major types of headaches are:
Migraines – which can cause nausea and sensitivity to light and sound
Tension headaches – this occurs with pain on both sides of the head and may be associated with muscle pain.
These types of headaches can be more than just annoying. They can be debilitating enough to affect quality of life such as vision, bodily functions, and cause pain and sensation elsewhere in the body and even mood and personality changes.
What can a doctor of chiropractic do?
Chiropractic care focuses on treating the disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system in a natural and non-invasive way. Generally, chiropractors use spinal manipulations to treat any misalignments and restore proper function to the nervous system. This helps your body to heal naturally without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractors can also prescribe corrective exercises for proper posture and relaxation techniques that can aid in relieving any recurring joint irritation or tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
Every patient is an individual case and, as such, treatment will vary based on specific needs.
What if I don’t have a headache when I come in?
It is not uncommon for pain to subside before you are able to seek treatment, but that doesn’t mean the underlying issue causing the pain will be alleviated. Because there are many causes for headaches and varying degrees of pain, they will often return if the problem is not addressed. Repeat visits are recommended to help retrain and strengthen the muscles supporting the spine and head.