Just about everyone has had a headache one time or another in their life. In fact, nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. While some headaches are infrequent and remedied with a simple solution, others can be chronic, severe, and last for hours, leaving the victim debilitated. For those with the latter of the two headaches, most people often turn to prescription drug relief to cure their headaches.
However, research has found that spinal manipulation, like that performed by trained chiropractic professionals, may relieve headaches as effectively as pain medication. By treating the cause of the headaches at their source, patients are finding greater relief from their headaches that is safer and has less side effects compared to pain medication and invasive surgery.
How Chiropractic Care Relieves Headaches
The majority of headache cases throughout the U.S. are known as primary headaches, or headaches that are not caused by a disease. These headaches are the result of tension in the neck and nerve irritation caused by the sedentary lifestyles most Americans live today. In order to treat these nerve and tension related headaches, a chiropractor will perform spinal manipulation and/or chiropractic adjustments to alleviate stress on the spinal system and neck. Through these manipulations and adjustments, a chiropractor will remove pressure on the nerves caused by spinal misalignments, as well as reduce tension in the neck to minimize pressure due to tight muscles. Together, these remedies greatly reduce the pain caused by a headache and can alleviate the symptoms altogether. A chiropractor will also provide nutritional advice to the patient along with tips on how to improve posture and the body’s ergonomics in order to avoid future headaches.
Relieving Headaches Safely and Naturally
One of the key benefits that chiropractic care has over alternative treatments is its focus on allowing the body to naturally heal itself. Unlike pain medications that only cover up the symptoms, chiropractic spinal manipulation treats the problem at the source which not only relieves patients of their pain but also prevents future pain from arising as well. According to a report from the University of Maryland Medical Center, clinical studies have shown that chiropractic care is just as effective as pain medication alternatives with less side effects. In one such study of people with migraines, 22% of the people who received chiropractic care saw a 90% reduction of attacks, and 49% saw a significant reduction in the intensity of their migraines. By utilizing a natural approach to headache relief, patients can be rest assured that they are receiving a safe treatment without the possibility of becoming reliant on pain medications.
Huge strides continue to be made each year in chiropractic care, making them an effective and safe alternative to more traditional remedies for pain. Through its natural approach to letting the body heal itself, chiropractic care has fewer side effects and complications as compared to invasive surgery or pain medication. If you suffer headaches and are interested in a natural, more holistic approach to medical care, consider the Weston chiropractors at Windmill Health Center to relieve your future headaches.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner practices at Windmill Health Center in Weston, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.