Many Americans can suffer from chronic headaches or migraines at some point in their life. The intensity of the pain can range from mild, sporadic episodes of debilitating throbbing, unrelenting agony, and even nausea. If a headache is chronic, it can be the sign of something more serious. There are two major types of headaches:
Migraines and tension headaches can be more than just a mild annoyance. They can be strong enough to interfere with day-to-day activities and also disrupt vision and bodily functions while causing increased pain and sensation in other areas of the body. They can also affect mood and personality changes. The cause of these headaches can include certain types of food, excessive noise or bright lights, changes in blood sugar, and even too much exercise.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, over 15% of people who visit chiropractors are seeking relief from chronic headaches or migraines. Every patient is an individual case and treatment will vary based on specific needs. Recent studies have shown that patients who suffer from chronic headaches and migraines can benefit more from chiropractic treatments than drug therapy with fewer side effects. In 2001, a study from Duke University showed that spinal manipulation provided substantial relief for patients with headaches or migraines originating in the neck. This restores proper function to the nervous system and helps the body heal naturally. Studies have also shown that relaxation training, thermal biofeedback, electromyographic (EMG) biofeedback, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and acupuncture can also have a modest effect when treating migraine headaches. Dr. Pinto can also prescribe corrective exercises to improve posture, relaxation techniques that can help in relieving any recurring tension, and even nutritional guidance to supplement healing of the body.
It's common for the headache pain to be non-evident when you come in for treatment. But that doesn’t mean the underlying issue has been addressed. Because there are several factors that can trigger headaches, they'll often return if the problem isn't addressed. Repeat visits are recommended to help retrain and strengthen the muscles supporting the spine and head.
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