A stressful day at work, a noisy afternoon with your toddlers, a sinus infection that just won’t go away — these are among the most common culprits behind the dreaded headache. Sometimes, headaches are a constant (and most unwelcome) companion.
Whether they’re chronic or occasional, headaches aren’t something you should suffer through without exhausting all your options. But if your first instinct is to reach for relief over the counter, this blog is for you.
Here, our team at Nebben Physical Medicine in Clarksville, Tennessee, highlights how chiropractic care could change the game for you and your attempts to get rid of headaches.
What is chiropractic care?
Many equate chiropractors with back crackers, but trying to fit the scope of chiropractic care in a box does it a disservice.
Chiropractic care certainly includes manual manipulations, but it also includes soft-tissue therapy to relax muscles and relieve tension, exercises and stretches to restore function and mobility, and bracing and taping to support your body as it heals.
We use chiropractic care for everything from arthritis and whiplash to sciatica — and it’s also a great option if you’re under the yoke of frequent headaches.
Manipulating your way to fewer headaches
The American Chiropractic Association agrees that spinal manipulations effectively treat headaches. How so? The manipulations work to relieve pain and tension — acute and chronic — which cuts down the number of headaches you have.
We can achieve this by gently correcting your spine’s alignment and relaxing your soft tissues. With your spine aligned and muscles relaxed, your posture improves, your nervous system experiences less stress, and your body becomes free to function properly.
Without all that extra tension, your chances of a headache attack drop significantly.
Bonus: Chiropractic care is likely an option for you regardless of the type of headache (migraine, tension headache, etc.).
Other treatments to fight headaches
Chiropractic care is just one way we help you fight your headache battles. Depending on your specific needs, we may recommend adding physical therapy, massage therapy, and/or trigger point injections to your treatment plan.
Beyond our office
One of the best things about chiropractic care is it’s one of the most natural approaches to pain, so you can come back for as many repeat treatments as you’d like. But what should you do in the meantime?
We know that headaches can strike at any moment, so you need more than one tool at your disposal. We believe in a multifaceted approach to headache treatment, and that often means helping identify and avoid what triggers your headaches.
Triggers vary from person to person, but the most common include:
- Excessive screen time
- Certain foods
- Weather extremes
- Poor sleeping habits
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Skipping meals
- Strenuous exercise
- Alcohol consumption
When we have a better idea of which aspects of your lifestyle and health likely are causing your headaches, we can help you make the necessary adjustments.
It’s time to stop spinning your wheels (and rubbing your head). When you’re ready, call our friendly staff at 629-222-1895 or use our online booking tool to schedule a consultation with our headache specialists.