Chiropractic Care for Headaches

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Headaches are a regular occurrence among many people today, and headaches and back pain are the most common reasons people schedule a chiropractic visit.  These headache pains can range from sharp, severe pain that runs from your neck through your head, such as a cluster headache or migraine, to a dull, aching pain due to tension or stress.  While headaches are not often a major concern, although sometimes frequent headaches can be caused by a larger health issues in less than 5% of recurring headache cases, they can be annoying and frustrating.  For relief from persistent headache pain, turn to chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor like Dr. Tom Niemela.

What Causes Frequent Headaches

Almost all cases of headaches can be narrowed down to one source: a subluxation of the spine.  These subluxations, or misalignments of the spine, interrupt nerve communication between the brain and the rest of the body systems that can lead to dysfunction and pain, such as regularly occurring headaches.  Tension in the upper neck that leads to headaches is also usually due to a misalignment.  Sinus headaches are often caused by a buildup of pressure in the sinus cavities due to nerve interference can also be from a misalignment somewhere in the spine.  While over-the-counter medications will help for a short time, they wear off, leaving you right where you started, with headache pain once again.

In fact, many case studies have been done to explore the benefits of chiropractic care over medication.  In one study, 100 people were offered either chiropractic care or pain medication to manage headaches.  Initially, both groups responded well and saw results.  However, after stopping treatment, the medication group noticed that their headaches returned, while those who received chiropractic care still found relief from headache pain, even without continuing care. Chiropractic care is not only a long-term solution for your headaches, but it is also a safe and natural method for managing short-term headache pain that treats the source of the headache pain so you can experience true correction and relief that will last.

Chiropractic Adjustments Can Relieve All Types of Headaches

Because misalignments of the spine are the initial cause of headaches, chiropractic adjustments can remove these misalignments and bring about relief.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela will examine your spine for subluxations and gently adjust any problem areas so that your body can function as intended and your headache issue can be resolved. Most headaches are caused by slight misalignments in the spine, but severely twisted or turned vertebrae can cause extremely painful headaches such as migraines.  With chiropractic care, the vertebrae can be once again aligned properly to reduce or eradicate severe migraine pain.  In a case study done on the efficiency of chiropractic for treating migraine pain, one woman who suffered from intense migraines for over 40 years sought chiropractic care for her headaches.  She suffered from migraines that would last up to 15 hours and cause nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances. After receiving consistent chiropractic adjustments for 6 months, she reported not having a single migraine or any symptoms associated with a migraine. 

If headaches have been a common part of your life and you are ready for a change, contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic in Bentonville, AR today to schedule an appointment.



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