Headaches- There is a solution!

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Almost all of us have experienced a headache at some point in our lives but when plagued with them on a frequent basis life can feel debilitating. Migraines are a neurological disorder that cause severely intense pain commonly accompanied by visual disorders and nausea.

Migraine headaches are the 3rd most prevalent disease worldwide out of all medical conditions and the seventh high test cause of disability. While nearly 90 percent of women and about 70 percent of men report suffering from at least one tension-type headache during their lifetime, 37 percent of women and 21 percent of men experience them regularly. As common as headaches are, they can also be very complicated to diagnose or to treat.  The good news is that through chiropractic care and acupuncture we can not only effectively treat headaches but help prevent future episodes as well.

What causes a headache?

  • Headaches and migraines can be caused or influenced by a variety of different factors including stress, anxiety, posture, work stressors, extended sitting, misalignment of the vertebra in your neck, sinus congestion and many more.
  • Most headaches are caused primarily by tension in the muscles of the head, neck and shoulders which can restrict and constrict the blood vessels and nerves traveling in this region and to the brain.

The most effective way to treat a headache

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  • Acupuncture– Acupuncture is a superior treatment for migraines in terms of safety as well as efficacy when considering medication or leaving it untreated. Better pain relief and quality of life is almost always associated with patients using acupuncture for treatment of migraines.1
    • Traditional Chinese medicine approach to acupuncture is to re-balance an individual’s vital energy by inserting needles into a combination of points on the body to improve well-being, decrease symptoms and promote healing.
  • Dry needling acupuncture– accelerates self-healing by reducing stress being place on the body, eliminates unnecessary suffering and helps to prevent the development of chronic pathology.
    • Dry needling acupuncture is both physical disturbance to soft tissue and minute trauma to the soft tissue. Physical movement and manipulation of the needles in deep tissues increase muscle fiber tension which sends signals to the brain to begin the self-healing process. The brain senses this disturbance and directs the biological systems to begin replacing and repairing the damaged tissue. The healing effect is both local at the site of injury and the central nervous system.
    • Learn More about the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling.
  • Chiropractic care– Although medication is used as a quick and easy route to repress the pain signals of the headache, it doesn’t relieve the stress and muscle tension like providing chiropractic care can.
    • Our office utilizes an integrated approach to chiropractic care to address each area of the neuromusculoskeletal issue including a combination of physical agents & therapies, focused massage, chiropractic adjustments and appropriate exercises/stretches.

When is it time to call a chiropractor?

If you suffer from migraines or headaches and are looking to try a more holistic treatment, acupuncture and chiropractic care could be a beneficial option! If you sit at a desk or commute in your car for multiple hours a day and feel like you “carry your stress in your shoulders,” chiropractic and acupuncture could offer some relief as well as prevent the onset of headaches and migraines associated with muscle tension and stress.

Smart Pain Solutions offer Acupuncture and Chiropractic surfaces for Headaches and other ailments, specifically at the Clayton location. To schedule call 314-721-5390

1The Frontiers of Pharmacology (2018)

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