Dealing With Headaches and Migraines
Headaches are not fun, and migraines are another level of awful. Living with either of these issues can make you feel grumpy, and in the worst-case scenario, leave you unable to function. Medication can help in the short term, but when the problem is ongoing or re-occurring, pills are not enough. Oftentimes, the source of your headaches and migraines is structural, and therefore with proper treatment it is possible to permanently overcome this debilitating issue. Headache relief at our Wausau chiropractic clinic may be the solution your looking for.
What Causes Headaches?
Headaches can generally be divided into two categories – primary headaches and secondary headaches. Primary headaches are caused by over-activity of the nerves in your head or neck or combination of the two. Among the types of primary headaches, migraines and tension headaches are the most common, both happen as a result of the misalignment of the spine and the subsequent miscommunication of the nervous system. Secondary headaches are a symptom of another condition that activates the pain receptors in the head. These can include dehydration, sinus infection, concussion, blood clot, or stroke.
Will Chiropractic Replace My Prescribed Headache Medication?
A seven-year longitudinal study showed that those who receive regular chiropractic care spend 85% less in pharmaceutical costs and experience 62% fewer outpatient surgeries. By allowing the body to function at its optimal rate, regular chiropractic care helps many who experience regular primary headaches to eliminate pharmaceutical medications from their day-to-day lives.
Headaches and Migraines in Wausau
Whether you are dealing with a persistent ache in your head, or the worst symptoms associated with migraines, including light and noise intolerance, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, depression, and irritation the cause may be a structural issue. When the spine moves out of position because of developmental issues, trauma, repetitive stress, and other incidents, it can put pressure on the surrounding nerves. When the nerves are compressed or irritated, they send a message to the muscles of the back, neck, and jaw to tighten.
This tightness can lead directly to an acute headache or migraine. Over time the tightness can also pull your bones out of alignment leading to more persistent headaches and migraines. A headache or migraine can be a sign that there are deeper problems arising in your spinal column, and because every other system in your body is impacted by your spinal health, it is very important to deal with these issues when the signs begin to arise.
Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches and Migraines
By eliminating the spinal misalignment that causes the body’s nervous system to misfire, the pain receptors in the neck and head are not activated. Dr. Travis’ low-force chiropractic techniques allow him to administer targeted adjustments to the neck and spine that allow the body to achieve better alignment without further disturbing the nervous system’s already heightened state. Once the body is realigned and nervous system communication restored, patients receive relief from their headaches. Dr. Travis uses the Torque Release Technique (TRT) to tune the spine and nervous system, thus allowing the body to self-correct as it releases and reduces headache-causing tension. If the spinal cord is compared to a guitar string, tuning sites are found in the top and bottom of the spine that allow Dr. Travis to tune the body to its proper frequency to allow it to function properly.
If you are struggling with migraines or headaches call our team at Spring Into Life Chiropractic today for help.
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