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
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