We will perform a comprehensive history and examination during your initial assessment. This assessment will help us first determine if your symptoms are the result of any spinal issues. We'll also rule out other possible causes of your headaches.
Your history and examination can help us identify your headache triggers so we can advise you about the lifestyle changes you need to find relief as part of your chiropractic care for daily headaches.
For example, the foods you eat can contribute to your risk of experiencing frequent headaches.
Recent studies have shown that chiropractic care can help improve headache pain.
Let's look at cervicogenic headaches as an example. A cervicogenic headache is referred pain in the head from the neck. It's what we call a secondary headache because it's caused by another physical issue in the body.
Researchers studying the efficacy of chiropractic treatment for the care of these headaches have presented findings supporting the use of adjustments to lessen their intensity, frequency, and duration. In other studies, chiropractic adjustments were found to provide more relief than deep massage.
In still other studies, chiropractic care has proven to be helpful for the management of chronic migraines.
In an age where medication overuse is frequent, the effectiveness of chiropractic care for daily headaches is exciting news that more people need to know.
Relying too much on medications to mask your symptoms means that many people may never treat the root cause of their headaches.
Those same people also become more at risk for experiencing medication rebound headaches - yes, you read that right. Medication overuse will almost certainly lead to more headaches.
Chiropractors use a number of safe, non-invasive, non-pharmacological treatments for headaches. These include lifestyle education, manual or device-assisted spinal adjustments, spinal mobilization, heat/ice, massage, advanced soft-tissue therapies, and even strengthening and conditioning exercises as you'll see next.
Most people are familiar with the hands-on aspect of chiropractic care for daily headaches, and our clinicians are highly trained in performing gentle and effective spinal adjustments. This training allows us to use our hands to apply a small force to a specific spinal joint. When the force is applied, you might hear a slight pop, and some people feel immediate relief!
As we just noted, yes, chiropractors often incorporate strengthening and conditioning exercises into their patients' care plans.
We want you to find lasting relief after all, and movement goes a long way!
Deep neck flexion exercises are great for treating the cervicogenic headaches we covered above.
Other active care techniques and exercises are another component of chiropractic care for daily headaches that can be performed from the comfort of your own home to help you ease your headaches between your appointments.
It's time to bring an end to that throbbing in your head, and we're here to help!
You don't need to continue to live in pain.
The benefits of chiropractic care for daily headaches are real.
Movement is a critical part of the healing process, which is why spinal adjustments are so effective and seeing a chiropractor specializing in headaches in Harleysville is so important - yes, we're talking to you neighbor!
If it's been some time since your last adjustment or you're ready for your first, give us a call.
Our team will be with you every step of the way on your road to headache relief!