Ninety percent of headaches fall into the category of muscle tension or muscle contraction. They can be triggered by anything leading to tight muscles in the neck, shoulders and upper back. Stress, injuries such as whiplash or a sprain strain to the neck and upper back are common causes and chiropractic treatment for headaches can help.
Chiropractic treatment for headaches works wonders for this condition. Gentle adjustments to relieve muscle tension in the neck along with light stretching are the key. Almost all of these patients see dramatic changes in their severity and frequency with only a handful of treatments. In fact most completely resolve. In severe cases we may need to use heat, ice or electrical muscle stimulation in addition to chiropractic adjustments in order to obtain relief.
The remaining ten percent of fall into Migraine, Cluster or Sinus headaches. These can be more difficult to treat, but most of our patients still see significant decreases in their intensity and frequency with treatment here in the office. Migraine type headaches can be severe with sharp or throbbing pain that can last for hours. Migraines are many times accompanied by nausea or vomiting and preceded by an aura alerting the person that the migraine may be coming. Cluster headaches are headaches that come and go in groups. An individual may go weeks with no problem and then experience a group or cluster (anywhere from one to three per day), usually affecting one eye causing tearing. This type of headache also happens to be seasonal with the patient experiencing their cluster headaches at the same time of year each year. These can be intense headaches and in some cases more severe than migraines.