Chiropractic effectively helps against headache
Not all headaches are the same. Experts distinguish, for example, cervical headache, migraine or tension headache. Cervical headache usually starts on one side at the back of the head and moves forward, often accompanied by shoulder or arm pain. Cervical headaches often do not improve with medication. In migraine, throbbing, unilateral headaches, flashing in the eyes, nausea and vomiting, neurological disturbances, sometimes toothache are common. It plagues about eight million people in this country, women three times as often as men. Most often, migraine comes as an attack for several days. Episodic tension headaches are also very common. They result from muscle tension due to prolonged tension in the neck, shoulders or head.
There are numerous medications - either acute or preventive. What many sufferers don't know: Chiropractic care is also effective in helping with various headaches. There are numerous studies that prove this.
For example, spinal manipulation of the spine helps against cervical headaches:
- In this procedure, the chiropractor applies a guided, controlled force to specific joints in the cervical spine.
- In addition, joint mobilization helps. Here, the therapist passively moves the joints of the cervical spine and makes them more mobile again.
For migraine, the chiropractor has the following therapeutic options:
- In Neuromuscular Massage, the chirpractor massages specific trigger points in the back, shoulder, neck and head. As a result, the muscles relax and blood flow improves. Pressure on the nerves that send pain signals to the brain is minimized.
- Additional relief is provided by a combination of physical therapy and sports medicine exercises, relaxation techniques, stress management and nutritional counseling.
For tension headaches, the therapist combines:
- Trigger point therapy, physical therapy mobilization and stretching with other therapies.1