Headaches, unfortunately, are common. From tension headaches to migraines, they affect a vast majority of people to varying degrees. While over-the-counter pain medications can help, they often just mask the symptoms without addressing the root cause. This is where chiropractic care, and specifically spinal decompression, can play a pivotal role. But when is it the right time to see a chiropractor for your headaches? This article will help answer that question.
Headaches can be grouped into two broad categories: primary headaches and secondary headaches. Primary headaches, which include tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches, are standalone illnesses. Secondary headaches are symptoms of another health disorder.
Common causes of primary headaches include muscle tension in the neck, changes in sleep patterns, excessive mental stress, skipped meals, and the overuse of medications. Secondary headaches can be triggered by a wide range of factors such as sinus infections, neck injuries, and high blood pressure.
When Should You See a Chiropractor?
Many people live with recurring headaches, simply treating them as an unfortunate part of life. However, frequent or severe headaches should not be ignored, especially if they’re affecting your quality of life.
It’s time to see a chiropractor if:
- Your headaches are persistent or worsening
- Over-the-counter medications are not effective
- Your headache is accompanied by other symptoms such as visual disturbances, weakness, or dizziness
- Your headache is triggered by exertion, coughing, bending, or strenuous physical activity
- You have a history of headaches but their characteristics or intensity has changed
Role of Chiropractic Care in Managing Headaches
Chiropractors specialize in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those affecting the spine. They can assess, diagnose, and manage headaches. Research shows that chiropractic manipulative therapy can be effective in treating tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.
A chiropractor will typically perform a thorough physical examination and medical history assessment to diagnose your condition. They will also assess your posture, examine your back, and test your reflexes, muscle strength, and joint flexibility.
Spinal Decompression and Headaches
Spinal decompression, especially Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) Therapy, is an advanced, non-surgical therapy that can relieve the pressure on specific areas of the spine. Developed and advanced by neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and other healthcare professionals, IDD Therapy has been effectively used for millions of treatments with an excellent safety record.
While headaches can have numerous causes, many are linked to the neck and spine’s alignment. Conditions such as herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis can put pressure on the nerves leading to the head, triggering headaches.
By gently stretching the spine, IDD Therapy can alleviate this pressure, reduce irritation, and improve blood flow, ultimately relieving the headache symptoms.
Persistent or worsening headaches can significantly impact your quality of life. Fortunately, chiropractic care, and more specifically spinal decompression, can provide an effective, non-surgical solution. At the Disc Center of Port St Lucie, we’re committed to helping you find relief. Contact us today to find out how IDD Therapy can help with your headaches.