Can chiropractic care help with your headaches?
The article linked above shows how chiropractic care can help with headaches. There are different types of headaches: cluster, suboccipital, migraines, sinus, and cervicogenic (to name a few).
A cluster headache is when you have incredibly painful headaches that feel like it sits behind your eyes. The headache is over days or weeks and then it appears again weeks or months later. This headache lasts about 30 minutes. Some symptoms with this kind of headache are a runny nose or drainage from your eye. By adjusting your upper cervicals (neck) studies have shown relief for patients with this type of headache.
A suboccipital headache also known as a tension-type headache happens frequently around the afternoon or early evening. The pain is usually both sides and feels like a band around your head. The causes of this are stress, sitting a lot and looking down, text neck. Luckily, our practice in Saint Augustine can help get you feeling better and keep this nasty headaches away. With an adjustment, soft tissue work, and home stretches we can your muscles less tense and more mobile. This will help keep the headaches away.
Migraines with and without aura happen usually on one side of the head with preceding with an aura or not. Sometimes there is nausea or vomiting associated with it as well. Some triggers that can play a part in migraines are family history, sleeping or eating habits, environmental pollutants, chocolate, caffeine, nitrates, cheese, nuts, or wine. Chiropractic adjustments in the neck have been known to help the onset of a migraine in addition to acupuncture. There are some herbal support which has been known to help migraines, but you would need to ask your primary care physician first if you can take it! Some include: feverfew, 5-HTP, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin D.
Sinus headaches and blockages can make us feel tired, sluggish, and cloudy. With a chiropractic adjustment specifically in C1-C2 we can help release the sinuses and help them drain. In addition we can adjust your sinuses using vibration and/or activator technique which will immediately help your sinuses drain.
Cervicogenic headache simply means we are out of alignment in our neck that causes us to have a headache. The best remedy for this headache-AN ADJUSTMENT!