Headaches affect just about
everyone in Charlotte at some point and they can present themselves in many different
ways. Some people only experience pain in one part of their head or behind
their eyes, some people experience a pounding sensation inside their whole
head, and some people even experience nausea, while others do not. The pain
itself may be dull or sharp and may last for anywhere from a few minutes
to a few days. Fortunately, very few headaches have serious underlying causes,
but those that do require urgent medical attention.
Although headaches can be due to a wide variety of causes, such as drug
reactions, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), tightness in the
neck muscles, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, stress and fatigue,
the majority of recurrent headaches are of two types: tension headaches
(also called cervicogenic headaches) and migraine headaches. There is
a third, less common, type of headaches called a cluster headache that
is a cousin to the migraine.
Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are
very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that
originate in the neck.
A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based
Practice Center in Durham, NC, 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 headache than commonly prescribed medications."
These findings support an earlier study published in the Journal of
Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that found spinal manipulative
therapy to be very effective for treating tension headaches. This study
also found that those who stopped chiropractic treatment after four weeks
continued to experience a sustained benefit in contrast to those patients
who received pain medication.
Each case is different and requires a thorough evaluation
before a proper course of chiropractic care can be determined. However,
in most cases of tension headaches, significant improvement is accomplished
through manipulation of the upper two cervical vertebrae, coupled with
adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine. This
is also helpful in most cases of migraine headaches, as long as food and
lifestyle triggers are avoided as well.
For a free consultation about your headache(s) in Charlotte
call 704-341-3411 or E-mail Dr. Neva NOW.
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