Headaches are very common. In fact, headache relief is one of the most common reasons for visiting the doctor. There are several types of headaches, and each one may have a different cause. The convenient thing to do is to grab a painkiller to dull the pain so you can get through the day. This may help reduce pain in the short term, but it doesn’t address the root cause of the headache. When you come in to our office with complaints of headaches, we will perform a thorough exam to find the cause of your pain. Your headache could be caused by several different things, including posture, muscle tension, stress, eye strain, nerve irritation, blood flow issues, and even dietary factors.
If you are suffering from frequent headaches, there is a reason for them, and chiropractic care may be able to provide headache relief. Several studies have shown that chiropractic care can help reduce the severity and frequency of headaches, whether they are tension related, cervicogenic, or even if they’re migraines. Often the pain may be attributed to muscle tension and nerve irritation in the neck. There are seven cervical vertebrae in the neck which can become misaligned for several different reasons. This misalignment can irritate the nerve roots and can even cause some minor constriction in blood vessels which supply blood to the brain. If this is the case, the chiropractor will attempt to correct the misalignment and provide advice to help reduce the frequency of it occurring in the future.
How long will it take for my headache to resolve?
Headache relief depends on several different factors. Some patients will notice results immediately. Others may notice their symptoms slowly declining over several weeks. The exact time frame is impossible to predict, and it’s important to realize that if you’ve been suffering from chronic headaches for many years, it can take some time to see the improvement you’d like. Stop by Essential Motion Chiropractic in Fort Collins today to learn more about headache relief and how we can help you.