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Headache

According to the latest research, 9% of men and 12% of women in the U.S. experience at least 1-2 headache episodes per month. And, more than 4% of the U.S. population suffers from frequent headaches, defined as headaches that occur at least 180 days a year. Needless to say, headaches have become a social and economic burden in the United States.

By far, most people get tension-type headaches and get them frequently. They typically suffer mild to moderate pain on both sides of the head. It is often described as tight, stiff, and constricting - like having something wrapped around your head and pressing tightly. During a tension headache, the nerves of the neck are irritated and can lead to head pain that travels from the neck to the top of the skull and around the ears. Sometimes the pain can radiate into the face or eyes. These headaches can make it difficult to think clearly. Chiropractors can help these headaches, sometimes nearly immediately, but gently adjusting the alignment of the vertebrae in the neck and back. New research shows that spinal manipulation - the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic - may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

Other types of headaches which can respond well to chiropractic care include Migraine headaches, Cluster headaches, sinus pressure headaches and post-traumatic injury headaches. Chiropractic can help these types by influencing the vascular flow and neurologic control of the head. Additionally, other therapies such as acupuncture, ultrasound, massage, nutritional counseling and cryotherapy may be advised by your chiropractor to help. (Please refer to SERVICES OFFERED section).

Whatever the type of pain you have, a thorough chiropractic evaluation will help lead you in the right direction. If at any time we feel that your headaches are caused by something that chiropractic cannot help, you will be referred to the appropriate specialist.

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