You are one of the estimated that 45 million Americans suffer from severe, recurring migraine and tension headaches? It is estimated that $400 million is spent each year on over-the-counter and prescription medications searching for permanent relief from migraines and tension headaches.
Chiropractic treatment is a non-medicine approach that can work for tension and stress-related headaches and migraines. This approach is to determine whether irritation of your nervous system is causing your problem. Your headaches and migraine may be caused by nerve irritation in the neck and/or the base of the skull. Reducing the irritation on these nerves can often relieves headaches and may also permanently correct the problem.
What Causes Migraine and Tension Headaches?
It is known that too little or too much blood flow into the skull can result in headaches. The blood vessels that go into the skull contract and expand based on the nerves that control them. The nerves and blood vessels may also be compressed by muscle or ligament tension and pressure by misaligned bones in the spine (vertebra). Reducing the tension on the nerves and muscles of the neck can relieve headaches that are caused by stress or tension.
Can Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractic treatment determines where the nerve irritation and/or muscle tension and spasms are located, and then correct the problem. This nerve irritation can be caused by a condition known as subluxation. A subluxation is a minor misalignment of the spinal bones or vertebra which cause irritation or pinching of a nerve causing pain, stiffness, numbness and/or muscle tension and/or spasms and loss of normal body function.
By gently correcting the misalignments of the spine and related muscle spasms, chiropractic treatment can give results when other methods fail. Although, not everyone will respond to chiropractic treatment, chiropractic treatment has demonstrated a remarkable success rate.
One of the most thorough studies of migraines patients and chiropractic treatment, which was compiled from information, gathered from numerous studies over a 50 year period, conducted by J. Stuart Wight, DC, of Edinburgh, Scotland, found that patients receiving chiropractic treatment showed an improvement or cure rate of 72 to 90 percent.
My own experience has been that my patients are amazed at the relief that they have from their headaches and migraines, especially the patients who come into the office with other complaints and are unaware how much chiropractic treatment can help with their migraines and headaches. It’s another added benefits to chiropractic treatment.
Are Medications The Best Answer?
The National Headache Foundation has noted that taking excess analgesics, aspirin, and acetaminophen can create an analgesic rebound effect, thereby, causing more headaches. They estimated that 60 to 70 percent of headache patients are victims of analgesic rebound headaches. Additional, excessive use of acetaminophen or any medication can be harmful to your liver.
Why suffer needlessly when chiropractic treatment may be a better and safer solution.