Here at Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage Clinic, we can help reduce the severity and frequency of your headaches and migraines without the use of prescription and OTC painkillers. Pain medications and muscle relaxers only mask the symptoms of your headaches. They do not treat the causes. Chiropractic care can treat the source of your headaches, which results in a permanent reduction in pain.
Types of Headaches
There are four primary types of headaches, including tension, migraine, mixed and cluster. Tension headaches are caused by tight muscles in the shoulders and upper back, which cause pressure on the nerves of the neck.
Individuals with tension headaches experience pain and burning sensations in the shoulders and head.
There is no one definitive cause for migraines. They can be hereditary, caused by stress or various other triggers. Migraine symptoms include sensitivity to light and noise, blurred vision and significant throbbing pain in the head. These headaches can last a few hours or a few days.
Mixed headaches have symptoms of both migraine and tension headaches.
Cluster headaches are characterized by localized pain, usually behind one eye, and occur in multiples over the course of a day. Cluster headache periods can last a few days or a few weeks.
Chiropractic Care for Headaches and Migraines
Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy sessions can help control your headaches and migraines and reduce your reliance on OTC and prescription pain pills and muscle relaxers. Some headaches and migraines are caused by pinched, compressed or irritated nerves or insufficient nervous system function. Chiropractic adjustments correct minor subluxation in the back and neck, which frees pinches and compressed nerves and inflammation.
Massages relax sore and tight muscles and reduce tight spots and knots. It also improves circulation and lymphatic flow, which can reduce the occurrence of tension headaches and migraines.
When these therapies are combined to treat headaches, individuals experience far fewer occurrences, and the headaches are not as painful.
Which chiropractic treatments from our chiropractor in Edmonds would you try for your severe headaches?