90% of Americans have suffered from a headache at one point or another and every single one of them wants relief. While all headaches are painful, some are worse than others. Tension headaches are some of the worst culprits and the most difficult to get rid of with over the counter medicines. It is best to prevent a tension headache before it ever begins. One of the best preventive actions for headaches (whether tension, migraines or your run of the mill headache) is to seek the care of a licensed chiropractor. As more insurance companies are beinning to understand the benefits of chiropractic care, the number of plans that cover it are increasing. With insurance coverage there is no reason not to give a chiropractor a chance to rid you of your headaches.
Treating Headaches with Spinal Manipulation & Adjustments
Spinal manipulation and adjustments can help relieve built-up tension and reduce or even eliminate the number of headaches from which you suffer. While this requires regular visits to your chiropractor, the relief you will feel is worth the visit. Before any adjustments you should expect a series of x-rays and a consultation with the chiropractor to discuss your best course of treatment. During an adjustment your chiropractor will manipulate the spine back into normal alignment which should give you some short-term relief. Some people find the adjustment somewhat painful but the pain should be short lived and not something that lingers for very long.
Your chiropractor may try trigger point therapy and massage as additional ways to deal with your recurring headaches. For many people a few visits with their chiropractor are enough to provide substantial relief from headaches. If spinal manipulation, adjustments, trigger point therapy or massage does not completely rid you of your recurring headaches there are other things your chiropractor can do to help provide you with relief.
Is the Food I’m Eating or Drinking Causing My Headaches?
Chiropractors can also provide nutrition advice in regards to your headaches. You may not realize that the foods you are eating are contributing to your tension headaches. A chiropractor can provide an outside opinion and if needed refer you to a nutritionist to whip your diet into shape. While a nutritionist can help with some of the side effects of your diet, you will still need to see your chiropractor regularly to see full relief from your headaches. Things like sugar, processed wheat and dairy can increase your likelihood of having recurring headaches. Sometimes a simple change allows your adjustments to provide the relief you desperately seek.
What Else Should I Know About Headache Causes?
When adjustments and nutrition are not enough to relieve your headaches your chiropractor may look into your work environment. Switching your work furniture and supplies to more ergonomic options is a quick way to up the relief you find with your adjustments. Your chiropractor can suggests the best ergonomic changes you can make based on your specific needs. Over time your chiropractor may make additional suggestions depending on where the tension is most concentrated. Chairs, keyboards and even your desk could all be contributing to your tension headaches. There are many options for ergonomic office furniture and supplies in a variety of price ranges. In fact, if your chiropractor orders you to switch equipment your employer may be willing to help offset the cost.