Many patients come to my office for treatment of headaches. Headaches are a common health problem causing a loss of more than 250 million work days each year. The cost of these lost work days is an astounding $25 billion per year!
There are many types and causes of headaches. Often headaches are associated with neck pain, although that is not always the case. Muscle tension headaches and migraine headaches are by far the most common types of headaches, but sinus infections and other conditions such as high blood pressure can also lead to headaches. Regardless of the cause, if you have are suffering from a headache, you just want it to end.
When headaches are associated with neck pain, I often find that the spinal vertebrae in the neck or upper back are not properly supporting the patient's head. This can affect nerves, muscles and even the blood supply to the head.
Research has shown that the most common types of headaches respond well to chiropractic care. The vast majority of even the most severe headaches are relieved when spinal subluxations are corrected. Spinal subluxations are spinal joints that are out of alignment and don't move well which, in turn, irritates the nerves and results in head pain.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, my primary concern is with helping correct any neuromusculoskeletal (nerves, muscles and bones of the body) factors that may be the source of your headache. When I see a new patient I perform a special spinal examination to determine whether the symptoms may be alleviated by chiropractic care. The examination can determine whether the headache may be caused or aggravated by any misaligned vertebrae in the spine which may be creating undue nerve interference.
Chiropractic care may help prevent unnecessary tension and/or irritation in the neck and head. In some instances, chiropractic adjustments can provide immediate relief for those suffering from headaches. A study of 87 headache patients who were treated with chiropractic adjustments over a two-year period revealed marked improvement. The common migraine had ceased altogether or was much improved in 85 percent of the females and 50 percent of the males. For those with classical migraine, the improvement rate was 78 percent in females and 75 percent in males.
If you would like to find out if chiropractic care could help you, please call Patrick Chiropractic at 919-790-2288 to schedule a consultation. If I feel that chiropractic care would not help your specific condition, I will certainly recommend other health care options. The ultimate goal is to help my patients alleviate their headaches.