Headaches and Migraines Treated with Chiropractic
If you suffer from headaches, you are not alone. In fact, more than 45 million Americans suffer from frequent headaches, defined as occurring at least 180 days per year. Your body is full of sensitive structures and tissues that contribute to hundreds of possible causes for headaches.
Chiropractic care has emerged as an effective route of treatment for many headache sufferers, because of its focus on healthy alignment and bodily structure. By caring for your sensitive nerves, ligaments, and tissues, treatment with Dr. Hattaway at Health For Life Chiropractic will leave you feeling your best.
What Causes Headaches and Migraines?
Common headaches can be caused by a variety of sources, including:
- Loud noise
- Screen exposure
- Lack of sleep
- Caffeine withdrawal
Symptoms may include fatigue and sensitivity to light and sound, but these symptoms typically subside after several hours.
In contrast, migraines are a severe type of headache, and present intense symptoms. The exact causes of migraines vary, but are typically the result of abnormal brain activity affecting nerve signals, chemicals, and blood vessels in the brain. Widely observed triggers for migraines include:
- Hormonal changes
- Neck or spine tension
- Emotional imbalance
- Changes in climate
Overall, migraines are much more intense than common headaches, and can result in throbbing pain, major fatigue, pins-and-needles sensations, acute sensitivity to light and sound, and nausea.
No matter their severity, headaches and migraines can have detrimental effects on your work, school, or personal life. During your appointment, Dr. Hattaway will provide a thorough examination to determine the most successful route of treatment for your unique needs.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractic care is quickly becoming a preferred method of treatment for headaches and migraines. Unlike pain relief medications, chiropractic care is completely natural and non-invasive. While medication may temporarily mask the pain, it cannot get to the root of the issue. Chiropractic care focuses on realigning your body in order to emphasize proper placement of the neck, spine, and other critical structures. Dr. Hattaway will utilize the best in chiropractic technique to help you achieve lasting pain relief.
The most common chiropractic treatment for headaches is called manual manipulation therapy. To perform manual manipulation therapy, Dr. Hattaway applies pressure to specific areas of the body in order to stretch muscles, soothe pain, and reduce inflammation. Manual manipulation therapy is effective in targeting tension in the soft tissue and nervous system. The transformative power of chiropractic care for pain relief is key for promoting physical wellbeing and prevention of future pain.
Achieve Headache and Migraine Relief
When you feel a headache coming on, think twice about reaching for over-the-counter medication and instead, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hattaway. Health For Life Chiropractic looks forward to welcoming you to our Douglasville office and helping you achieve successful pain relief.