What do you do when a debilitating headache or migraine hits? Do you turn the lights off and lie down? Just suffer through it? Pop a couple pills and hope it goes away? Well, if you are looking for long lasting, drug free relief from headaches, you have come to the right place.
Ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease. Instead, they are caused by physical, chemical, or emotional stress on your body. The majority of headaches stem from neck dysfunction. Today, more than ever, we are more prone to neck dysfunction and headaches because Americans are more sedentary than ever. We spend more hours in a fixed position. Our posture deteriorates and this leads to joint irritation, muscle tension in the neck, upper back, and scalp, ultimately causing your head to ache.
Now we know what causes headaches and migraines, but how can chiropractic help? That's a great question. The Health Path clinic focuses on restoring proper posture and focuses on restoring the proper neck curve. Remember the majority of headaches stem from neck dysfunction? Not convinced yet? A report released in 2001 by researchers at Duke University found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headaches than a commonly prescribed medication. In 1995, a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.
By addressing neck dysfunction we are actually addressing the cause of your headache; whereas that pill you take is merely dulling your perception of the headache. In some cases, that pill may actually be contributing to the problem. With the chiropractic adjustment, cervical traction, exercise, relaxation techniques, and spinal molding, we are able to treat the root cause of most headaches. In addition to chiropractic, our clinic offers nutritional counseling and acupuncture for the treatment of headaches. Both acupuncture and proper nutritional supplementation have an outstanding record of successfully treating headaches.
Headaches are not normal and they should not be a normal part of your year, month, week, or even day. Come in today and see if we can get you on the path to a headache or migraine free life.