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Headaches

Chiropractic for Headaches

Have you ever had a headache? Chances are, the answer is yes. Even so, headaches impact over 40 million Americans. There are a variety of headaches one can experience. Tension, migraine, sinus, and cluster are just a few. The good news is, many of these are treatable with conservative chiropractic care from Smart Pain Solutions.

Headaches can be due to lifestyle, diet, medication, lack of sleep, chronic conditions, concussions, and much more. Ultimately however, headaches are usually caused by chemical activity, nerves, and blood supply in the brain. Disruptions in the normal state of these can produce different types of pain and sensitivity to the cranial structures.

Types of headaches:

  • Tension: The most common type, associated with muscle spasms and neck pain, typically occurs in the afternoon/evening. 
  • Migraine: Episodic, may last 2-3 days. Associated with an “aura” or spotty vision, as well as nausea and vomiting. Usually aggravated by light and sound. 
  • Cluster: least common type, triggered by seasonal allergies & alcohol. Can last for 1-2 hours and occur 3-4 times a day. In addition, may awaken you from sleep and cause congestion.
  • Sinus: May be associated with pain in the cheeks and above the eyes. Subsequently, nasal drainage may also be present. Typically worse in the morning.

 

Without a doubt, many of these headaches may respond very well to chiropractic treatment. For common tension headaches nevertheless, only a couple of treatments are required for extended relief from your nagging pain. It should be noted, conservative and alternative forms of treatment can aid in headache relief. Other examples aside from Chiropractic include Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutrition, & CBD or other essential oils.

Headaches come in all shapes and sizes. Chiropractic can aid many of them.

"QAPE" It for Headaches

Question:

Headaches are commonly treated by chiropractors. Common causes for headaches include things such as fatigue, stress, hunger, and concussions. Our doctors will discuss the onset, timing, symptoms, and headache patterns to determine what assessments should be done.

Plan:

Trigger Point Muscle Release and chiropractic adjustments to the neck and upper back. Initiate trial of care, roughly 2x/week for 2 weeks. Additional self management strategies at home such as dimming the lights, hot or cold packs, and stretching may be recommended depending on the case.

Assess:

Postural assessments for motion and mobility, palpation, possibly X-rays, and or blood pressure measurements will be done to determine the significance of the headache.

Execute:

During treatment some progress/change should be noted at each visit. However, if no progress is being made after 2-3 visits, a re-evaluation may be necessary leading to a change in care plan. If the treatment is working, visits may extend past 2 weeks to achieve maximum medical improvement.

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