Chiropractic Care is More than Just Back Pain Relief
Most people suffer from headaches occasionally, with 33% of men and nearly 50% of women suffering from regular headaches that range from a dull throb to the debilitating agony of a severe migraine. With the stresses of modern life, it’s no wonder that so many people regularly experience tension headaches.
Headaches have many causes ranging from dietary triggers or environmental stimuli to more serious underlying physical problems. The vast majority of headaches are “primary” headaches, caused by tension in the muscles of the head, neck and back, or restricted blood flow to the head.
A 2011 research study by the National University of Health Sciences has shown that chiropractic care may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches, by releasing tension in the neck and spine and restoring blood flow.
“The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck,” says Dr. George B. McClelland, a doctor of chiropractic from Christiansburg, VA. “Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.”
The American Chiropractic Association suggests the following things to reduce the likelihood of experiencing a headache:
- If you spend a lot of time at a desk, take a stretch break every 30 minutes
- Avoid high-impact exercise if you are prone to headaches; light jogging, swimming, or light aerobic activity will still yield health benefits without hurting your head
- Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth
- Stay hydrated; drink at least eight 250 mL glasses of water every day.
If you’re implementing these strategies and find that you’re still suffering from tension headaches, you may want to consider booking an appointment at BodyMend with one of our Chiropractors.
What Can BodyMend’s Chiropractic Team Do to Help:
- Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and increase blood flow to the head
- Provide nutritional or lifestyle advice to promote greater overall health and faster healing
- Offer advice on posture, fitness, and workplace stresses to help reduce headache triggers
- Suggest stretching and strengthening exercises that you can do at home to promote better circulation, health and wellness
Headaches are tremendously common, but they don’t have to be debilitating. Chiropractic care offers a proven treatment option for tension headaches, the most common type of head pain. Talk to your Chiropractor about non-pharmaceutical approaches to headache pain today!