Chiropractic for HeadachesHeadaches are a common ailment for a large pool of people. Within this pool of people, many individuals suffer chronic headaches or have issues with high severity headaches such as migraines or cluster headaches. One treatment which can offer long-term results without recurring treatment is chiropractic care. By learning more about chiropractic for headaches, it should be possible to decide if this is an appropriate avenue for your or a loved one’s headache treatment.

How Chiropractic Treats Headaches

Subluxation is a condition caused by misaligned vertebrae in the spine. This causes an interference in the transferring of nerve signals throughout the body. Misaligned vertebrae can pinch nerves in the back while tight muscles in the neck region can also cause pinching of nerves in the neck. A chiropractor will work on both of these primary regions in order to relieve the subluxation which is often responsible for the onset of headaches.

Long-term Sustained Results

A common treatment for headaches is over the counter medicine or narcotic pain medication. Although these medications may work adequately for treating short-term or intermittent pain caused by headaches, they can have a number of unpleasant and detrimental side effects if utilized for a long term basis. According to Toll Gate Chiropractic,“A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that “spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than commonly prescribed medications.” While medications recommended by your doctor are overall an important part of a headache treatment plan, chiropractic treatment should be considered as a potential long-term solution.

Avoiding Triggers

Some common triggers for headaches include stress, diet and exposure to poisons. A few food sources to investigate include nitrates, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and foods with a large amount of the amino acid tyramine. Poisons include lead, insecticides or pesticides and carbon tetrachloride.

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