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Headaches and migraines plague an astonishing number of people each year. Practically everyone has suffered at least one tension headache before, and one out of every ten people also suffers from migraines. But no matter how common these conditions may be, you've probably found it impossible to ignore them -- and you may even find daily life all but impossible because of them. The good news is that chiropractic care can often relieve debilitating head pain and the other unpleasant symptoms that can accompany it. You might just find the headache and migraine relief you seek from our chiropractor at Caring Touch Pain Relief Center.
What causes headaches and migraines in the first place? Tension headaches, the most common variety, tend to live up to their name by occurring alongside physical tension. Tense muscles in the upper back and neck often precipitate these headaches. One particular muscle, the RCPM muscle, is especially notorious for its role in tension headaches. When this muscle goes into spasm, it pulls on a sensitive membrane at the base of the skull called the dura mater. Results typically include anything from a dull ache to an intense throbbing sensation that may continue for days at a time.
Cervical muscle tension may be brought about by chronic stress, a non-ergonomic sitting/reading/working position, or spinal misalignments in the neck. (The latter is a major reason many whiplash victims experience headaches as well as neck pain from their injuries.) Chiropractic care relieves tension headaches by addressing the underlying reason for the muscle strain. Our chiropractor can perform adjustments that take the stress off of your RCPM muscle and dura mater, resulting in natural pain relief.
Migraines seem to have a variety of triggers, including scents, airborne pollutants, hormonal issues, and even lights or sounds. These triggers seem to affect individuals with nervous system impairments that influence neurotransmitter levels and intracranial blood pressure. Migraines cause not only intense pain but also visual problems, nausea, vomiting, extreme light or sound sensitivity, and even fainting spells. Fortunately, chiropractic care can prove highly useful in controlling the frequency and duration of migraine attacks. Our chiropractor can help your nervous system function more normally, which in turn helps to minimize the body's response to the migraine triggers. This form of natural pain relief allows you to get back to your normal life without relying on painkilling drugs all the time.
If you would like to learn more about how chiropractic care can provide natural pain relief for your headaches and migraines, contact Dr. McVay today for an initial consultation. We can detect and correct subluxations in the neck, advise you on which foods and environmental triggers to avoid, and generally help you combat muscle tension and other sources of chronic pain. Let us be your source for natural pain relief!