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Migraines / Headache Pain

Headaches are listed among the top reasons why people miss work. Migraine headaches, tension headaches, sinus headaches, and headaches triggered by hormonal changes affect millions of people daily. Chiropractic offers headache relief.

Chiropractic Can Stop Migraines and Headache Pain

By Dr. Rachelle Kirk

Each year, migraines and other types of headaches cause millions of people to suffer. Headaches present a range of symptoms that impede concentration and interfere with daily activities. But headaches can often be prevented simply by understanding their possible triggers and taking steps to avoid known causes. The majority of headaches are associated with prolonged contraction of the muscles between the upper part of the spine and the occipital region of the skull, causing feelings of tightness, pressure, and pain.

Many headache sufferers benefit from chiropractic care. A chiropractor can examine you for spinal misalignments, postural asymmetry, muscle spasm, and nerve pressure - all of which can cause or contribute to tension-type headaches. Once a problem is revealed, the chiropractor can then treat you for these problems without the use of pain medication.

Other than chiropractic treatment, you can also seek to minimize the common causes for the problems underlying headaches. Some possible triggers are:

  • Remaining for an extended period in a fixed position, such as when sitting in front of a computer, reading, sewing, crocheting, driving, watching a movie, or working at a desk.
  • Automobile accidents, sports injuries, or other physical traumas.
  • Sleeping with the neck at an unusual angle.
  • Poor posture.
  • Stress.
  • Dehydration
  • Improper lighting (glare on the computer monitor, glare from reflected sunlight, light too dim or at the incorrect angle to read properly)

Sometimes, simple changes in one's lifestyle may go a long way toward reducing the frequency and severity of headaches. Some possible changes are:

  • Avoid foods such as chocolate, cheeses, and nuts. These foods contain an amino acid known as tyramine that has been known to trigger headaches in certain individuals.
  • Protect your eyes with quality UV protected eyewear. Sunlight is a potential trigger for many headache sufferers.
  • Make sure your work station has good ergonomics.
  • Get the proper amount of sleep. Too much sleep, or too little sleep may trigger a headache.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Don't overuse pain medication.

In rare cases, headaches may be due to a serious underlying pathology. Headaches accompanied by blurred vision, memory loss, vertigo, or elevated temperature may require immediate medical attention. Headaches that increase in severity may also be indicative of a more serious problem that requires medical involvement.

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Back In Action Chiropractors Helps Patients With Migraine and Headache Pain

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Have you tried all of the medications, and are now looking for a more natural way to get relief from headache pain?

Back In Action Chiropractors has helped many residents of Flagler Beach, Bunnell, Ormond Beach, and Palm Coast with their headaches. If you suffer from chronic headaches, migraines, or stress-related headaches, you may find relief through gentle, chiropractic techniques and treatments. Speak with one of the doctors at our Flagler Beach chiropractic office to find out how natural chiropractic adjustments can help you.

Want to learn more about what causes migraines or tension headaches?

Our Flagler Beach chiropractors have organized a list of 30 things that trigger migraines and other types of headaches. The list is based on patients they have treated for headaches in Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell.