Headache Treatment with Chiropractic
Headaches are an incredibly common ailment suffered by individuals of all ages. Unfortunately, they can be a significant disruption in your daily life, whether you suffer from the occasional dull ache or persistent, throbbing headaches. For many people, the solution for a headache is to take an over-the-counter painkiller and try to get through the day. However, as soon as the medication wears off, the pain returns. There’s a better way to deal with headaches. Chiropractic care with ChiroConcepts of Plano West can introduce you to a variety of drug-free headache treatment options that will target your pain at its source and offer lasting relief.
What causes headaches?
Headaches can be triggered by a wide range of factors, including illnesses, injuries, and environmental stimuli. In many cases, headaches are caused by tension around the forehead, back of the head, and neck. Some people may experience migraine headaches, which can cause symptoms of dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound in addition to intense head pain. Identifying the type of headaches that you’re experiencing is the first step in creating an effective treatment plan.
Why is chiropractic care effective for treating headaches?
When you visit a chiropractic doctor to address your headaches, you will have a detailed evaluation including X-rays and range of motion testing. This will allow the doctor to pinpoint physiological factors that are triggering your headaches, such as joint irritation or misalignment of the cervical spine.
Interventions used in chiropractic care, such as spinal manipulation, have been shown to be effective in improving migraine headaches, tension headaches, and cervicogenic headaches (headaches resulting from neck injuries).
Which treatment modalities are right for your headache pain?
Most headache treatment plans will include spinal adjustments, which will manipulate the spinal tissues into a more neutral position to relieve pressure on nerves and reduce muscle tension. Depending on the specific cause of your pain, your chiropractor may also recommend the following supplemental therapies:
- Dry Needling – Dry needling is a safe, minimally-invasive treatment that uses very thin monofilament needles to treat underlying trigger points in the muscle tissues. Trigger points are knots within the muscle tissue that can restrict range of motion and blood flow, and they’re frequently associated with tension headaches.
- Gratson Technique – The Gratson Technique is a soft tissue mobilization procedure that uses special stainless-steel instruments to manually manipulate the muscles and connective tissues.
- Physical Therapy & Ergonomic Coaching – Physical therapy and ergonomic coaching can help you improve the way you move your body while building your strength and posture. Ergonomic coaching is especially helpful for reducing stress from everyday activities, such as working in an office, performing yard work, or even golfing.
Where can you turn for headache treatment in Plano?
Drs. Matthew Schindlbeck, D.C. and Chris Valtierra D.C. can help you explore the right chiropractic treatment modalities for your headache pain at ChiroConcepts of Plano West. We provide a comprehensive evaluation process along with a wide range of cutting-edge treatments to help you find relief. Visit our website or call (972) 781-1878 to schedule your consultation.