Headaches

A headache occurs when one experiences mild to severe pain in the area of the head or neck. The area most commonly affected is the base of the skull, forehead and temples where joints and muscles are located to move the jaw. The three most typical types of headaches are:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Cluster headaches

What are the common types and symptoms of headaches?

Migraine headaches usually affect one side of the head and face, with debilitating pain which can lead to nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Tension headaches are often a result of physical or emotional stress on the body.  Symptoms include pain, tightness or pressure, beginning in the back of the head with pressure over the eyebrow. Tension or pain is felt on both sides of the head, rather than on just one side as a migraine might feel.  Pain or pressure is usually mild, allowing the person to work despite the pain.

Cluster headaches occur in groups or clusters, which may last from a few weeks to months.  They are called cluster because there are phases in between episodes when one is free of headache pain.  Onsets of pain may last between 30 to 90 minutes, usually extremely painful and located behind the area of the eyes, which may become red, irritated and inflamed.

Why see a chiropractor for headache pain?

Many headaches start with the spinal misalignment in the neck and spine. Your neck and spinal cord are made up of very sensitive nerves that send important information from the brain to all parts of the body.  Any misalignment due to lifting, sleeping wrong, twisting or even sitting for long hours at a computer can cause muscle stiffness, spasms, muscle tension, and pain in the joints or vertebrae in the neck, back or spine and can lead to chronic headaches.

What can a chiropractor do to help relieve headache pain?

Chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulation can reduce irritation and inflammation of the nerves, muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments which can cause headaches.  It can also aid in restoring proper blood circulation to the neck, scalp and head to relieve tension and migraine pain.

Chiropractic care uses the body’s own structure to correct and heal its own underlying problems which lead to headaches.  By bringing the body’s alignment of the neck and spine back into place, the body can naturally heal itself and free itself from headaches and other difficulties.

Do not waste time masking the symptoms, when you can correct the cause. To see how chiropractic care can help relieve tension and headaches you may be experiencing, contact Baker Chiropractic and Accident Rehabilitation. Call our office in Provo Utah at 801-210-0669 and speak with Dr. Baker, our resident Provo chiropractor.