Many common types of headaches are associated with muscle tension and or joint restrictions. Common headaches treated are tension headaches, cervicogenic headaches, and migraines.
Headaches are frustrating to deal with and often challenging to find the correct treatment. When experiencing a headache, sufferers may additionally feel neck pain, loss of focus, or even nausea. Many types of headaches can be successfully treated or managed using chiropractic care. The combination of myofascial release and spinal manipulation provides a synergistic effect that alleviates tension and discomfort. Additional therapies, such as acupuncture, encourage healing and relaxation, both necessary for managing headaches.
Pinched nerves can lead to headaches by causing tension and discomfort in the neck and head regions. This occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated, often due to poor posture, herniated discs, or arthritis. The resulting pain can radiate to the head, leading to tension-type headaches or even migraines. Effective management includes addressing the underlying cause of the nerve compression using a range of chiropractic therapies.
Although most headaches are not life-threatening, there are some red flags to be aware of. If you are experiencing a new and incredibly abrupt or severe headache, you should seek medical attention immediately. Additional red flags are chronic headaches that are worse with exertion or straining—neurological symptoms such as numbing or weakness in the face or double vision. Finally, a headache with fever or a new headache if over the age of 50 warrants medical attention.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches, typically characterized as tightness around the head. Tension primarily resides in the back of the head near the base of the skull. When the tension radiates to the sides and front of the head, it can feel like a tight band around the head. Tension headache pain is often referred to as being dull and achy. A hallmark sign of tension headaches is that the pain is usually on both sides of the head and neck. A final component of these headaches is that they cause tight and tender muscles (trigger points) in the neck and shoulder blades.
Stress is a significant contributor to tension headaches, making stress management strategies beneficial. Stress management can include journaling, breathing techniques, meditation, therapy, quality sleep, or increasing enjoyable and meaningful life activities. Chiropractor therapies that help alleviate neck and head tension are also beneficial. Myofascial release and chiropractic adjustments are the more popular techniques. However, some people have found acupuncture to be helpful as well.
Migraines are notorious for being extremely painful, causing nausea and vomiting in some cases. These are usually pulsating or throbbing on one side of the head. They typically start to occur during childhood or early adulthood and are recurring. Sometimes there are stages; however, not everyone experiences the following. The first stage can sometimes be mood changes, food cravings, changes with bowel or urination, and a stiff neck. The second stage can include visual changes such as blind spots, flashing lights, zig-zag lines, or tingling in the arms or legs. Finally, the migraine headache portion can last between 4-72 hours. Many times there is also a sensitivity to lights and or noise. The last stage, known as a migraine hangover, can consist of feeling tired, weak, and having difficulty concentrating.
Many migraine sufferers have found relief through chiropractic and spinal adjustments. Because migraines are more involved than tension headaches, other strategies are also important. For example, being aware of triggers related to certain foods, alcohol, or stress, then eliminating those triggers. Some people find headache diaries useful for discovering triggers. Finally, medications can help with migraines, so discussing them with a medical doctor is valuable.
Cervicogenic headaches are definite referral headaches resulting from neck pain or a neck injury. They usually start as a neck injury with painful and limited movements. A significant difference between cervicogenic and tension headaches is that cervicogenic headaches are often one-sided headaches.
Because cervicogenic headaches are secondary to neck pain, managing the neck injury is essential. Soft tissue therapies such as myofascial release and spine adjustments are excellent. Depending on the injury, sports rehab may be necessary.
It's helpful to understand that there are sometimes overlaps between two headaches. For example, migraine headaches can become tension headaches. Also, each of the headaches mentioned has components of neck pain. This referral results from the head and neck sharing the same nervous system pathways.
O’Guin Wellness offers a comprehensive approach to treating and managing headaches by integrating proven headache therapies. Since there is not one specific therapy that works for everyone, we combine the most successful therapies used for headache relief. Myofascial release is often used to reduce muscle tension and fascial restrictions. Acupuncture is used to facilitate relaxation and well-being. Spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustments) are used to reset joint structures in the neck. Finally, our doctors will discuss home remedies that will be effective in reducing headache severity and frequency.
Whether you're a new patient looking for answers and solutions to a complicated condition, or just need a chiropractic adjustment, our office can help. Our chiropractors can help no matter if you are recovering from an injury or are experiencing chronic back pain or neck pain, so call O'Guin Wellness today!
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Sciatica is the term used for sciatic nerve pain that goes down the back of a leg. It can be from a disc bulge, pinched nerve, or tight muscles in the back of the hip. Integrating non-invasive manual therapies such as spinal decompression, myofascial release, stretching, and physical therapy can help sciatica heal faster and more completely.
Disc bulges (or herniations) occur when the fluid from the inside of a disc leaks out and presses against a nerve. The best non-invasive disc herniation treatment options include spinal decompression, stretching, myofascial release, acupuncture, and chiropractic adjustments.
Our chiropractors provide comprehensive treatment for a range of hip and hip joint pain. Common causes of hip pain are tendinitis, tendinosis, bursitis, arthritis, and femoroacetabular impingement. Additionally, some types of lower back pain, such as sciatica, will refer pain to the hip.
Common causes of shoulder pain are rotator cuff, labral tears, muscle imbalances, or pinched nerves from the neck. We will get you the correct diagnosis and appropriate therapies.
Neck pain can be caused by strained muscles, inflamed discs, pinched nerves, or irritated joints. It is often complicated by incorrect posture, lack of stability, or muscle imbalances. Comprehensive chiropractic care includes the use of spinal manipulation, myofascial release, acupuncture, and physical therapy corrective exercises.
Getting relief from low back pain first requires a consultation or exam to determine what’s going on. Treatments for a lumbar strain, disc bulge, sciatica, and arthritis may each be managed differently. Integrating the appropriate therapy for the condition is critical. Some common treatments that help with back pain relief include myofascial release (massage), chiropractic adjustments, stretching, acupuncture, physical therapy, and spinal decompression. When integrated correctly, these therapies provide excellent results for managing low back pain.
Pain caused by a pinched nerve can rapidly progress without appropriate treatment. Chiropractors of O’Guin Wellness specialize in identifying pinched nerves using neurodynamic techniques and orthopedic tests. The best treatment option is to combine therapeutic modalities such as spinal decompression, myofascial release, stretching, and physical therapy.
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