Chiropractic Care can help Chronic Headaches and Migraines
Updated: Sep 30
Chiropractic care can help chronic headaches and migraines. As a chiropractor and lifelong headache and migraine sufferer, I know first hand how helpful chiropractic care can be when it comes to relieving headache pain.
Step One-Prevention. First of all, most head pain comes from having poor spinal positioning, posture and reduced spinal mobility. Many times the muscles in your neck develop poor contraction patterns, scar tissue between muscle layers and cause referred pain to your head from adhesions in the muscles. Many of these problems will improve greatly with chiropractic adjustments to your spine especially your neck and upper back. When your spine functions better many times headaches and or migraines reduce in frequency and intensity.
Step Two-Avoidance of Triggers. If you are a migraine sufferer, avoid the things that cause your brain to go wonky. If your problem is too much sunlight, make sure you wear a ball cap and polarized sunglasses. If you get tension headaches, make sure you are getting up frequently from your computer and have your screen height and keyboard height set to minimize neck and upper back strain.
Step Three-Keep living. Migraine sufferers, I speak from experience. After two days of sitting in dark rooms and no improvement, get back to living. During a beautiful summer, no one wants to spend three days a week in bed. If after a day or so the dark room treatment isn’t helping, try getting back to activities you enjoy that help you keep your spirits up while avoiding those that hurt you. You might find that you feel better after going on a bike ride but any water sports are killer. Get out of bed and get on your bike. It is not easy to motivate yourself when you feel crappy but lying around doesn’t usually help for long. If you are going to hurt anyway, you might as well do something you enjoy. Disclaimer—as long as you aren’t making yourself feel worse!
At my Plymouth chiropractic office, we improve the function of the spine so that you will often find relief from your head pain. Call today, there is no use wasting a beautiful spring and summer feeling poorly.