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Chiropractic Care for Headaches: Tension, Cluster and Migraines

Up to 80 percent of adults experience occasional tension headaches. Women are twice as likely to suffer from this type of headache. There is no one cause for tension headaches. It’s often caused by tightened muscles in the back of neck. This muscle tension may be due to emotional or mental stress, poor posture, overexertion, inadequate sleep and fatigue. Overall, tension headaches are often triggered by internal or environmental stress. Cluster headaches are neurological disorders that typically occur on one side of the head, usually around the eye. These headaches are generally accompanies with other symptoms, such as swollen eyes, nasal congestion and watery eyes. Often, cluster heads occur in cyclical patterns. Migraine headaches occur due to changes in the brain and its surrounding blood vessels. They can last from a couple of hours to up to 72 hours. Status migrainosus is a migraine headache that lasts more than 72 hours. Like tension headaches, migraines occur more in women than men. And some people experience an aura with a migraine headache. Common triggers of migraine headaches include MSG in Chinese food, chocolate, cheese and birth control pills. Increased physical or emotional stress can also bring on a migraine headache. Research has shown that chiropractic care for headaches is effective.

woman with terrible head painA Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center revealed that spinal adjustment resulted in almost an immediate improvement for headaches that originated in the neck area. In addition, a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics discovered that spinal manipulation is an effective treatment for tension headaches. Those who underwent chiropractic treatment experienced a sustained therapeutic benefits than those who received prescribed medication.

Main Street Wellness & Chiropractic: Your Chiropractor for Headaches for Nashua, Hollis, Brookline, and Pepperell, NH

At Main Street Wellness & Chiropractic, we implement a variety of different chiropractor techniques to eliminate the pain caused by headaches, including the Activator, Diversified and Palmer method. Each chiropractic technique is designed to properly align the muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons in the back and neck. But before any treatment, we complete a full physical exam and take a medical history. We may even order X-rays to focus in on what is causing your headaches. We also implement a multi-faceted approach for tension, cluster and migraines treatment. Our services include massage therapy, physical therapy and nutritional supplements. Massage therapy helps improve blood flow, relaxes muscles and accelerates healing. It’s an excellent adjunct service to spinal adjustments. Our multi-faceted treatment approach treats the whole body in order to achieve optimal wellness.

If you’re suffering from tension, cluster or migraine headaches, turn to Main Street Wellness & Chiropractic for help. Our goal is to help you attain a pain-free life free from headaches. These types of headaches can be very painful and have an adverse impact on your lifestyle. Get relief at Main Street Wellness & Chiropractic. Call today at (603) 882-5742!

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