Chiropractic For Headaches And Migraines
Headaches and migraines are more commonplace in America than non-sufferers might think -- statistically, women are twice as likely to suffer than men, and it doesn't matter if they're athletes, stay-at-home moms, career women. In fact, nearly 20% of women get debilitating headaches and migraines on a regular basis. Triggers can come in many forms, from hormonal shifts to sensory triggers to external stress to physical ailments. While sufferers have a number of options for treatment, including preventative and acute care, chiropractic remains one of the safest and most effective methods to address severe headaches.
How can chiropractic help migraine sufferers?
Let’s examine some root causes -- and the ways chiropractic can treat them:
Neck tension: Many migraines are caused by circulation issues to the head, and the root cause of this can be musculoskeletal issues in the neck and shoulders. Chiropractic adjustments can correct specific problems leading up to the neck and base of the head so the body's structural support system allows for proper circulatory flow.
TMJ: Stress can lead to teeth grinding, which eventually can lead to TMJ. Many TMJ sufferers find that jaw/facial tension or TMJ flare-ups trigger migraines. While the exact correlation between TMJ and migraines is still being studied, it's clear that one often leads to the other. Chiropractic adjustments for TMJ including setting a misaligned jaw, muscle stripping the area, and other condition-specific treatments. This relieves direct TMJ pain while preventing potential migraines
Hormones: Many women have regular migraines related to menstrual hormonal shifts, particularly the pre-period drop in estrogen. Chiropractic care can help ease these symptoms by addressing any potential spinal column imbalances that may be impacting proper hormone regulation while compensating for the body’s shifting hormonal state.
These are just some of the triggers that can be treated with chiropractic care. More importantly, treating severe headaches with chiropractic minimizes the possibility of side effects. Prescription headache medications come with many potential adverse reactions: drowsiness, stomach irritability, chemical dependence, and emotional instability. Chiropractic works structurally, not chemically, providing relief without pharmaceutical complications. In addition, Fritts Family Chiropractic can devise a long-term preventative care plan by looking at things like posture, diet, lifestyle, and more.
You CAN have relief from migraines and severe headaches, all without the harsh side effects of prescription drugs. Schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Fritts today to learn how chiropractic can minimize or even eliminate your headaches.