Headaches

There Is A Solution To Reducing or Even Eliminating Headaches Without Drugs

Did you ever think that a chiropractic treatment could help a headache?

Many people seldom ever place chiropractic and headaches together, but it remains a very effective option for headaches, especially the tension variety.

A study released by Duke University Researchers at the Evidence Based Practice Center, found manipulating the spine resulted in a nearly immediate improvement in tension headaches. In addition, those receiving continued treatments sustained more benefits as opposed to those just receiving pain medications for the condition.

What a chiropractor can do — at home and in the clinic

  • A chiropractor is going to give you a comprehensive plan as well as a treatment to help you feel better by reducing the occurrences of headaches that you have.
  • In the clinic, a chiropractor will perform adjustments to the spine to improve system function, which will reduce or eliminate headache symptoms.
  • Suggest ways to improve posture as well as ergonomics, exercises to help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
  • Provide advice on nutrition
  • May employ other modalities such as massage, acupuncture and physiotherapy in conjunction with chiropractic to strengthen results and relief.

What else can a chiropractic visit help you with?

It’s important to understand that your ultimate health relies on what you do outside of the chiropractic clinic. For example:

  • Exercises, stretching and relaxation can have a huge impact on the occurrence and intensity of future headaches.
  • Staying adequately hydrated.  A minimum of 8-8 oz glasses of clean water can go a long way in preventing headaches that can be triggered by dehydration.

Also, understanding what can trigger a headache can be very important in preventing it in the first place. Stimuli such as foods, the environment, and physical problems can be the cause. Better understanding yourself and what triggers a headache for you is equally important to know.

Things like:

  • Blood sugar changes
  • Too much exercise at a high intensity
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Noises
  • Lights

One or a combination of these could be triggers. Again, understanding potential triggers and doing what’s necessary to avoid them can give you the upper-hand on the frequency of your headaches.

Learn to move and avoid spending too much time in fixed positions at work and at home. For most people these days, this means not spending extended amounts of time in front of a computer, reading, etc. You might think that this would be hard to do, but it doesn’t have to be.

Taking short breaks every 30 minutes to walk around, stretch and get some water to drink can help a lot. Getting into the habit of taking consistent simple breaks can go a long way in reducing tension, maintaining hydrations and preventing headaches.

At Advanced Spinal Clinic, we believe that you don’t have to suffer unnecessarily from headaches. We have found that the above tips and the many therapies that we offer, can greatly reduce or eliminate the severity and occurrence of headaches, without taking pain medications to block the symptoms. If you suffer from headaches, let us help you with gentle, yet effective chiropractic treatments. Give us a call, set up an appointment and start seeing the benefits immediately.