Ever had a headache? Aspirin or Ibuprofen is something people often turn to during a headache, but these merely work to mask the pain. In reality, the pain does not go away, you just don’t feel it. Imagine you were driving down the road and your car started to make a funny noise so you turn up the radio. The problem is still there, you just don't notice it.
While an aspirin may be an effective way for some people to “treat” the pain of headaches, for others, popping pills just doesn’t cut it… so they turn to chiropractic. But does chiropractic work for treating headaches?
What Does The Research Say?
In 2001, researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, North Carolina noticed the patients who had undergone chiropractic treatment felt relief significantly faster after undergoing spinal adjustments.
Then a 1995 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shows that people who had received chiropractic care showed tremendous benefits. This is largely different from medication and pill-based treatment, which requires the patient to take in a suggested dose on a regular basis to mask their pain.
Muscular Tension Headaches
Tension headaches are usually caused by muscle contractions in your head, neck, and shoulder muscles. They are one of the most common headaches experienced by most Americans and are often caused by “emotional stress” that lead to stiffness in your muscles and joints.
Tension headaches, if not properly treated, can lead to a vicious circle of more muscular tension leading to more intense headaches. Chiropractic adjustments can be employed to help tension headaches because it restores the proper alignment of your spine and at the same time releases the built-up tension in your muscles.
Serious Vascular Headaches
Headaches that arise due to abnormalities in your vascular system (arteries) are more commonly known as “migraines”. Although many Americans experience at least one migraine over the course of their lives, nobody knows the exact reason why they exist.
Medical studies have shown that migraines are sometimes triggered by a change in the hormones arising from exposure to food, smells, changes in the weather, and even emotional stress. When these changes in your body’s hormone levels occur, the blood vessels located in your head dilate, causing other symptoms like nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual auras, followed by a severe headache that cannot be treated effectively or even disguised by aspirin and other over-the-counter medications.
Chiropractic adjustments are effective because they free up your nervous system. Migraine headaches can be treated and prevented effectively with Chiropractic care at this office. If you or someone you know is suffering from headaches, please make an appointment today.