Chances are you have suffered from a headache recently. In fact, 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches of varying degree with symptoms including aching, throbbing, nausea, dizziness and sensitivity to light, noise and/or odor. Headaches can be caused by a number of reasons, including genetics, (history of migraines in the family), stress (work or life causing tension), environmental (allergies, food sensitivity, seasonal changes) or behavioral (blood sugar issues, sleeping disorders and depression).
Primary headaches, such tension, migraines or cluster headaches, affect about 95% of headache sufferers. The remaining 5% are often caused by physical problems and these headaches can serve as a warning sign of a potentially dangerous condition. To determine whether or a not a headache is dangerous, it is important to pay attention to a rapid onset of pain, if the headache is more intense than usual or different than headaches previously suffered. Other symptoms that could occur and should be used as warning signs that something may be seriously wrong include memory lapses, rapid onset of dizziness, blinding sharp pain or trouble with balance. Individuals experiencing these types of headaches should contact a medical professional immediately.
For headaches that are not severe, such as primary headaches, spinal manipulative therapy conducted by a doctor of chiropractic is an effective option for pain relief. Continuous chiropractic treatment for headaches can result in long-lasting relief from tension headaches, without the need for prescribed medication. A chiropractor can also perform posture-correcting exercises, education about job modifications and physical adjustments to provide continuing relief from the tension causing headaches.
If you, a friend or family member has been suffering from headaches, call us today at 732-431-2155 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how chiropractic care can help to relieve headache pain.