One of the more common reasons people seek chiropractic care is for the treatment of headache and migraine. The actual cause of headache in an individual can be due to various factors occurring separately or in combination.
Neck problems are often associated with headache. Stiff joints in the cervical spine, tight muscles, wear and tear in the bones and postural strain can irritate important nerves in the neck and refer pain to the head.
Chiropractors are well trained to assess the spine, determine the cause of your headache and provide effective care if appropriate. Chiropractic care for headache may involve gentle and specific adjustments to the cervical spine to improve movement and relieve muscle tension. It may also involve muscle therapy, corrective and supportive exercises or lifestyle and dietary advice to not only assist in easing the headache but importantly to also reduce the likelihood of recurrence.
Establishing improved patterns of movement and posture is often a focus of the care we provide. We commonly see neck pain and headache resulting from regular daily activities such as sitting in front of desks and computers or prolonged periods slumped over a phone (unfortunately a problem that begins from a young age). Stress, hormonal factors and dietary triggers can also contribute to headache. Making specific changes to diet and lifestyle may therefore also be helpful in controlling headache and migraine. Your chiropractor is well qualified to help you make the changes necessary to reduce your headache and move toward a healthier you.
At Sexton Chiropractic our chiropractors will undertake a thorough assessment of your condition and if appropriate, provide a course of care aimed at relieving the headache as quickly as possible, as well as minimising recurrence. We take a holistic approach to your health care and aim to not only reduce the symptoms that bring you to our office but also address the cause of your problem where possible.
Not all headaches will be best managed by a chiropractor and if referral to another practitioner is required, we will direct you appropriately.
In summary, neck problems are a common contributor to the onset of migraine and headache, even when other factors such as stress and hormonal changes may be obvious triggers. At Sexton Chiropractic we are well positioned to manage your headaches or advise you on further care if required.
Our chiropractors at Sexton Chiropractic have been providing effective treatment to people experiencing neck pain for more than 25 years. Our practices are located in Torquay on the Surf Coast, Bendigo in central Victoria and Surrey Hills in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Contact us for an appointment or to further discuss your condition.