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Chiropractic Treatment Therapy For Headaches
Just about everyone has a headache at some point in their lives. Headaches present themselves in many ways, with some people experiencing pain behind their eyes or in one part of their head, while others experience pounding pain inside their whole head. For some people, the headache might be accompanied by symptoms such as nausea. The pain itself might be sharp or dull and may last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. Nonetheless, only a few headaches have serious underlying causes, and these do require professional medical attention.
Different Kinds of Headaches
The most common kinds of headaches are cervicogenic, migraine, and tension headaches. Tension headaches usually occur as band-like stiffness all around the head, while migraine headaches often cause pain to the head on one side, and are usually followed by sensitivity to sound and light, and nausea.
On the other hand, cervicogenic headaches have the neck as the main source of the problem, but the pain is usually experience in one or more areas of the face or head. While the cause of this kind of headache is not well understood, stress, and a family history of headaches and neck stiffness are the likely causing factors.
Chiropractic Therapies for Headaches
Chiropractic care, which usually entails a combination of passive and active exercises, spinal manipulation, and massage, is mainly used to prevent and manage headaches. Each type of headache responds differently to chiropractic treatment as outlined below.
Cervicogenic headachesCervicogenic headaches are some of the least common types of headaches, and they don’t improve with medication.
Here are the chiropractic therapy options recommended for cervicogenic headaches:
• Spinal manipulation: this is a procedure where a trained spinal manipulation specialist uses their hands or specialized device to apply some controlled force onto a specified joint of the spine.
• Joint Mobilization: this is the kind of therapy in which the joints are moved purposefully to improve movement and reduce pain. When used to treat headaches, this form of treatment targets the cervical spine.
• Deep neck flexion exercises: These are exercises that involve moving joints and muscles actively under the guidance of a healthcare professional. The goal here is to stretch the deep neck flexor muscles, which play a critical role in supporting the neck.
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Chiropractic treatment options for migraines include:
• Neuromuscular massage: This is a form of massage with a focus on trigger points within the shoulder, back, neck, and head, which will generally help to ease the symptoms.
• Multidisciplinary care: This combines relaxation techniques, physical therapy exercises, dietary counselling, and stress management to reduce the pain, duration, frequency, and disability.
Chiropractic treatment options for tension headaches include:
• Low-load craniocervical mobilization: this entails applying a gentler force than that of spinal manipulation to the various joints on the neck. The goal here is to allow for a rhythmic movement of these cervical segments. As part of the treatment, stretching might also be used.
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