Headaches & Migraines:
According to the National Headaches Foundation, there are two basic categories of headaches: primary or benign (tension, cluster and migraine) and secondary or organically caused headaches. Tension headaches are caused by stiffening or tightness in the muscles on the back of the neck, those that cover the head and even the jaw muscles. Stress is a major contributor to tension headaches. Cluster headaches get their name because they come in waves and typically last for a few minutes to an hour. Migraine headaches have “triggers” that can lead to the development of the headaches. These triggers can include environmental factors like foods, hormonal changes and stress. Triggers vary for the individual however, and keeping a diary may be helpful in understanding what causes your migraine headaches.
What can you do to get relief?
As with any ailment, treatment options vary. Medications can be effective in treating headaches temporarily, but have negative side effects like irritation of the intestinal tract, nausea and diarrhea. Chiropractic manipulation has been shown in studies to benefit patients suffering with headaches with little to no side effects. Spinal manipulative therapy restores normal motion to the affected spinal segments and releases tension in the supportive muscles of the neck and head, addressing the actual cause of the headache. The benefits are also longer lasting than traditional medical treatment. Therapeutic massage, passive stretching and traction in addition to chiropractic care can also provide immediate relief to the headache sufferer. We also offer medical options such as naturopathic Trigger Point Injections to provide even faster relief and relaxation of the associated musculature in the head and neck region.
If you suffer from headaches, you are not alone. 80 to 90 percent of Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent and some can be debilitating with severe pain and nausea. Don't suffer needlessly with headaches and seek care right away.
Optimum Health offers many treatment options to relieve your headaches. Make an appointment and let us help you feel better today!