Chiropractic Headache Relief St Paul MN

Headache Sufferers Find Effective, Lasting Relief WITHOUT Drugs

Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache! While pain killers may take care of the pain, it does nothing to address the actual cause of the headaches. Headaches can be an indication of other more serious health problems and should not be taken lightly.

Get Drug Free Pain Relief From Headaches With Chiropractic Treatments

Primary Headache includes tension-type, migraine, cervicogenic, and cluster headaches and are not caused by other underlying medical conditions. More than 90% of headaches are primary.

Secondary Headache results from other medical conditions, such as infection or increased pressure in the skull due to a tumor. These account for fewer than 10% of all headaches.

Ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease but FROM TENSION!

If you are suffering from tension, migraine, cluster or cervical headaches, YOU CAN FIND RELIEF!!

Primary Headache Types:

1. Tension – type Headaches Tension type headaches are the most common, affecting more than 75% of all headache sufferers. As many as 90% of adults have had tension – type headache.

Tension – type headaches usually involve a steady ache, rather than a throbbing one, are described as a feeling of pressure or tightening, may last minutes to days, affect both sides of the head, and and do not worsen with routine physical activity. It may also be accompanied by hypersensitivity to light and noise. Some people get tension – type (and migraine) headaches because of stressful events. Tension – type headaches may also be chronic, occurring frequently or daily.

Rebound Headache: Rebound headache may occur among people with tension – type headaches, as well as in those with migraines. It can be the result of taking prescription or nonprescription pain relievers daily or almost every day, contrary to directions on the package label. If prescription or nonprescription pain relievers are overused, headache may “rebound” as the last dose wears off, leading one to take more and more pills. This is a great reason to call your chiropractor.

2. Cervicogenic Headaches Cervicogenic headache comes from disorders of the neck.

Cervical headache is often brought on by neck movement and/or sustained awkward head positioning (such as painting the ceiling, or washing the floor) It can also cause stiffness in your neck, shoulder and arm pain.

3. Migraine Headaches Migraine headaches are less common than tension – type headaches, but still migraines afflict 25 to 30 million people in the United States. As many as 6% of all men, and up to 18% of all women experience a migraine headache at some time.

Migraines may last 4 – 72 hours and involve the entire head. They can cause throbbing and are aggravated by routine physical activity.

Nausea, sensitivity to light and sound often accompany migraines. An “aura” may occur before head pain begins – involving a disturbance in vision, and/or an experience of brightly colored or blinking lights in a pattern that moves across the field of vision. About one in five migraine sufferers experiences an aura.

Usually, migraine attacks are occasional, or sometimes as often as once or twice a week, but rarely occur daily.

4. Cluster Headaches Cluster headaches are pretty rare, affecting about 1% of the population. They are different from migraine and tension – type headaches. Most cluster headache sufferers are male – about 85%.

Cluster headaches come in groups or clusters lasting weeks or month. The pain is extremely severe but the attack is brief, lasting no more than a hour or two. The pain centers around one eye, and this eye may be inflamed and watery. There may also be nasal congestion on the affected side of the face.

These “alarm clock” headaches may strike in the middle of the night, and often occur at about the same time each day during the course of a cluster. A history of heavy smoking and drinking is common, and alcohol often triggers attacks.

Treatment Options

Chiropractors offer a drug-free, hands-on approach to healthcare that gets you feeling better quickly, safely, and effectively. A report released by researchers at the Duke University Evidence – Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal correction resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer – lasting relief than a commonly prescribed medication.

How Is a Headache Evaluated?

Early diagnosis and treatment are important in identifying the underlying cause for your headaches. In most cases, an in-depth history and physical examination will help determine this.

Once the cause has been identified, your St Paul MN chiropractor will develop a specific management plan to help eliminate your pain based on your individual needs.

What Is the Treatment for Headaches?

Chiropractors treat patients with tension-type headaches and as well as headaches caused by problems with the joints and muscles in the neck.

Adjustments of the neck, along with stretching and strengthening exercises, have been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of headaches. Massage Therapy 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 or ibuprofen, may be used for an occasional headache, but long-term use can lead to health complications such as gastrointestinal difficulties, liver problems, and kidney failure.

What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache?  Do you grit your teeth and carry on?  Lie down in a dark room?  Or take a pill, episode after episode?  Don’t wait any longer!  Headaches CAN be treated very effectively with Chiropractic treatments!