Causes and Treatments for Headaches & Migraines

Headaches are common and almost everyone takes the odd one now and again for granted. You may however be suffering with more than you can cope with and chiropractors can treat many of the causes of headaches. 

How can Chiropractic Treatment Help with Headaches & Migraines?

Chiropractic may help to relieve tightness in your neck muscles due to stress and tension in your neck, shoulders and back. Treatment may also be effective in the treatment of headaches that are the result of neck pain or improper movement. Migraine is a severe headache, accompanied by other symptoms. Problems affecting the bones in your neck (vertebrae) can cause headaches and be a contributory factor in migraine.

We can identify stiffness in the joints of the neck and by treating them, improve their movement and relieve the muscle spasm and nerve irritation that may be causing the problem. We can also use Dry-Needling to help relieve muscular tension.

Treatment consists of specific adjustments done by hand to free stiff joints and reduce spinal nerve irritation. We may also recommend ice, heat or massage treatment amongst other things. We also support the treatment with individual advice about the your lifestyle, work and exercise, in order to help in managing the condition and preventing a recurrence of the problem.

 

Articles of Headaches and migraines

  • Conservative physical therapy management for the treatment of cervicogenic headache: A systematic review. Racicki S, Gerwin S, DiClaudio S et al.
    Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy 2013; 21(2): 113-24
  • Manual therapies for migraine: A systematic review. Chaibi A, Tuchin PJ & Russell MB. Journal of Headache & Pain 2011; 12: 127-133.

  • Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report. Gert Bronfort et al Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010, 18:3

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