When you struggle with chronic headaches, your overall quality of life suffers. You may find yourself unable to work productively or attend social functions. If you find yourself turning to medication to treat symptoms or withdrawing from activities you enjoy, consider visiting a chiropractic clinic. Here’s some insight for those unfamiliar with how chiropractors provide headache relief.
How Chiropractors Effectively Treat Headaches
Perform Therapeutic Adjustments
A variety of external forces trigger headaches, such as lack of sleep, overstimulation, and harsh lighting. However, the vast majority result from neck strain. Sitting for long periods and having poor posture will irritate joints. A chiropractor will perform adjustments to reduce tension in the neck and upper back realigning the spine. Muscle spasms and inflammation in the neck will decrease, and the frequency and severity of headaches will lessen.
Recent studies have also provided compelling evidence that chiropractic care significantly reduces migraine symptoms. Using a combination of spinal manipulation and therapeutic massage, chiropractic patients have reported less severe migraines and a decrease in the frequency of episodes.
Offer Lifestyle Changes & Ergonomic Techniques
Besides performing adjustments, the chiropractor will propose sitting and posture adjustments to reduce neck strain and lower the likelihood of developing headaches. They may also teach stretches and exercises to alleviate future muscle and joint irritation. Depending on your symptoms, a chiropractor may also encourage a visit to the dentist to ensure your headaches are not related to jaw clenching or teeth grinding or optometrist to make sure they headaches are not vision related.
With locations in both Canandaigua and Macedon, NY, Heberle Chiropractic is the region’s leading source for chiropractic care. Wayne County residents have come to trust Dr. Jennifer Barnes, DC, for individualized treatment focused on healing the body and bringing balance to the nervous system without the use of medication or invasive surgery. If you’re looking for natural relief from headaches, lower back pain, or muscle spasms, call (585) 394-3420 to schedule an appointment. You can now book your appointment on her website.