Charleston Chiropractor Tension Headaches
Tension headaches are often described as a dull ache behind the eyes or a feeling as if a band is surrounding the head. Misalignments of the upper back and neck are common causes for tension headaches that are effectively treated with chiropractic adjustments. Stone Spine & Disc treats persistent headaches by identifying the actual underlying physical problems behind one of the most common chronic pain problems that affect millions of individuals each day. Although pain medications are the popular method for dealing with tension headache pain, our qualified Charleston chiropractors provide drug-free treatments that address the source of chronic headaches found within the nerves, muscles and bones of the body responsible for persistent headache pain.
Types of Headache Pain Treated with Chiropractic Care
Tension Headaches – A diverse number of conditions that range from joint dysfunction and low blood sugar, to stress and muscle fatigue may be identified as the true cause of tension headaches. Certain types of tension headaches can be traced to sedentary lifestyles or from jobs that require workers to remain seated in the same position for an extended period of time resulting in misalignments of the spine related to tension headaches. Research has revealed that proper chiropractic alignment of the vertebrae in the upper back and neck has been shown to be successful in relieving chronic cranial pain.
Migraine Headaches – The severe throbbing, light-sensitive pain associated with a migraine headache can cause nausea and vomiting and affects blood pressure thus causing acute pain. Stone Spine & Disc chiropractic treatment plans center on spinal adjustments to the upper body that loosen the vertebrae facilitating muscle relaxation and joint and nerve health. Trained to treat the whole body with regard to a range of pain problems, our licensed Charleston chiropractors also include lifestyle recommendations that can help prevent the onset of migraines in addition to other chiropractic techniques designed to reduce chronic pain.
Cluster Headaches – Similar to a migraine, the precise cause of a cluster headache is unclear. Hormonal changes, blood pressure fluctuations and even changes in temperature can induce cluster headaches. Other triggers include alcohol and certain foods. In addition to chiropractic treatments Stone Spine & Disc chiropractors offer diet and nutritional advice that can help prevent onset.
Trigger Point Therapy for Tension Headaches
A trigger point is the area near a muscle that creates tension and chronic pain. In combination with spinal adjustments Stone Spine & Disc offers trigger point therapy techniques that incorporate light applied to specific points of the surrounding vertebrae at the base of the skull to reduce muscle tightness and muscular spasms.
Is Chiropractic Care Effective in Relieving Tension Headaches?
According to chiropractic research, most tension headaches including, cluster and migraines, are merely a symptom of some more serious physical imbalance. According to the American Chiropractic Association, a 2001 study from Duke University revealed that spinal adjustments resulted in improvement for headaches that originated in the neck without adverse side effects or the risks associated with regularly prescribed medications. Consult a Stone Spine & Disc chiropractor for effective treatment for tension headaches and chronic pain with customized treatment plans developed according to your specific needs.