Headaches are so common that nearly everyone has either experienced one or can expect to have a headache in their lifetime. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke cites 150 different headache types. However, most headaches originate in the neck (cervical spine) and may be related to poor posture, spinal misalignment, or everyday stress.
At Serenity Chiropractic & Family Wellness Center in Carrollton, Texas, Dr. Pamela V. Ford offers outstanding chiropractic services for back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other painfully familiar conditions.
Here’s what Dr. Ford says about chiropractic care for headaches.
What causes headaches?
Some headaches are categorized as “secondary headaches,” caused by an underlying condition such as sinusitis, dehydration, or ear infections. However, most headaches are primary, meaning the headache is the primary concern rather than a symptom of another condition.
Migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches are the most common primary types, and tension-type headaches are the most frequent of these three. Poor posture, sedentary activities, and spinal joint irritation contribute heavily to tension headaches.
Symptoms associated with tension headaches include:
- Muscle tightness in the upper back and shoulders
- Neck stiffness
- Discomfort traveling up the back of the head
- Band-like pain wrapping around the head to the forehead
Chiropractic care offers a noninvasive, natural solution to primary headaches, focusing on your spinal and overall physical health to address your headache triggers.
How does chiropractic care help with headaches?
Based on your initial evaluation, Dr. Ford develops a personalized headache treatment strategy that may include chiropractic spinal adjustment.
During an adjustment, Dr. Ford applies gentle pressure to treat spinal misalignment, restoring healthy function and mobility to the vertebrae, facet joints, and other structures that form your backbone. This helps your body heal naturally without the use of drugs or surgery.
Spinal manipulation also reduces headache pain as misaligned joints and other structures return to a healthy position. Dr. Ford may also recommend soft tissue massage to relieve muscle tightness, improve circulation, and reduce neck stiffness.
The goal of chiropractic care for headaches is to support your body’s healing ability by restoring healthy spinal alignment.
What other treatments are available for headaches?
Dr. Ford customizes headache treatment strategies to fit your circumstance and health needs. For instance, you may benefit from exercises to correct posture and relaxation techniques to relieve tension.
She can also help you identify activities, foods, and other issues that generate headaches and develop a plan for avoiding them. For instance, your headache triggers may include skipped meals, poor sleep habits, or prolonged screen time at work or at home.
Dr. Ford works with you to develop healthy habits, such as simply getting up from your work desk to stretch and move around every 30 to 60 minutes or committing to eight hours of restful sleep each night to prevent headaches.
You don’t have to live with chronic headaches. Instead, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Ford at Serenity Chiropractic & Family Wellness Center today. Call us at 469-933-1037 or request an appointment online.