At Whitehead Chiropractic, our gentle touch and comprehensive chiropractic service can help you to see fewer headaches and migraines. When you come in to see our chiropractor, Dr. Whitehead, for headaches, migraines, or other types of chronic pain, you’ll get customized care addressing your symptoms.
Our treatments can offer relief from the pain and minimize the frequency and severity of future headaches. We do this through providing proper adjustments and addressing the underlying cause of your ailment.
How Can Chiropractic Help with Headaches and Migraines?
The first step we take is to address the underlying cause of your pain. Growing research shows chiropractic to be an effective option for treating tension headaches.
Causes of Headaches & Migraines
95% of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. Generally, headaches and migraines come on as a result of neck muscle tightness. Studies show that 95% of headaches are caused by:
-Lack of Sleep
-Low Blood Sugar
-High Blood Pressure
The three most common types of headache are tension, sinus, and migraine (see table below).
A combination of subluxations and trigger points causes constriction of the blood vessels in this area, leading to migraine development. Subluxations are misalignments of the spine and joints that cause the spinal nerve to be impacted.
When the vertebrae in your spine are misaligned, this leads to pain that runs through your muscles and nerves throughout the upper back and neck area. This is the most common cause of tension headaches. If you sit at a desk a long time, you may be likely to have this type of headache. Chiropractic care can reduce this type of headache by properly aligning the spine in an effort to reduce the resulting muscle damage.
Migraines are brought on commonly by limited blood flow to various areas of the brain. This is due to the presence of dilated vessels, which increase the amount of blood pressure in the head, creating the feeling of a pounding headache. Stress, lack of sleep, strong odors, flickering lights and weather pattern changes are the most common causes of this type of migraine.
What Can Be Done to Ease Pain?
Understanding the cause of your migraine or headache is the first step. From there, our chiropractor will use spinal manipulation as well as nutritional counseling and trigger point therapy to reduce the underlying cause. We use a wide range of specialized adjustments including the minimal force adjustments such as the Gonstead Technique, Upper Cervical Care, Thompson Thermal Point, and Activator Methods.
Dr. Whitehead is one of the few local chiropractors in Austin, TX that offers the Gonstead technique for migraine and headache treatment. This method uses comprehensive testing to understand the precise weakness or misalignment that is causing the headache to occur. It is one of the most effective treatments for this type of condition. We also commonly use the Upper Cervical Care alignment, which adjusts the upper two vertebrae to provide better overall spinal alignment.
If you suffer from migraines or headaches, please come in to see our chiropractor in Austin, TX for the care you need. Chiropractic services like these can help to reduce the severity and the number of headaches and migraines you suffer from on a regular basis.