No one wants them, but we have all had them: headaches. In fact, 90% of Americans suffer from headaches, ranging from dull or throbbing headaches to those causing severe pain or nausea.
According to the American Chiropractic Association:
Doctors of chiropractic often treat patients with tension-type headaches and headaches caused by problems with the joints and muscles in the neck, as well. Joint manipulation and mobilization of the neck, along with stretching and strengthening exercises, have been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of this type of headache. Massage and other forms of soft-tissue treatment can sometimes be helpful. Scientists are also investigating other therapies, such as acupuncture, to prevent and treat this disorder. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen, can be used for an occasional headache, but not for long-term headache management. More serious causes of headache require aggressive treatment, and your doctor of chiropractic can assist you in finding a medical headache specialist. The majority of patients with headache recover completely after treatment.
There are some things you can do on your own, too. Low-impact exercise such as walking or gentle aerobics can relieve headache pain. Getting plenty of water prevents dehydration, which can cause headaches. Teeth clenching is also a common cause of headaches due to stress and tension in the joints of your jaw. Some people benefit from adjustments at work, whether it be better lighting to avoid eye strain, better workplace ergonomics to decrease strain in your neck and back, or greater utilization of stress management techniques to decrease your overall tension and improve overall health. Being conscious of our alcohol, caffeine, and medication intake and sensitivities can also be very important.
If you are interested in learning more, check out the ACA’s Get Healthy Blog: Healthy Living – Headaches and Chiropractic
Absolute Wellness Center in Eugene, OR provides sports medicine, chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and more. Our staff regularly treats patients suffering from headaches, particularly after an an injury sustained in sports, at work, or during an auto accident. To learn more, give us a call at 541-484-5777.