Chronic headaches can be incredibly debilitating. Headache pain can seemingly strike out of nowhere, interfering with daily living and leaving you mentally and physically drained.
If you suffer from chronic headaches, there is a safe and effective alternative to relying on traditional pain medication. While over-the-counter painkillers can help dull a headache’s pain, these pills can’t treat the underlying cause. Our Dunedin chiropractor can help.
Dunedin Chiropractor Treats Headaches with Spinal Adjustments and Massage Therapy
Dr. Paul Raveling and our chiropractic care team have been providing natural headache relief since 1983. We can help by both addressing the underlying cause for pain as well as providing immediate pain relief.
Cluster headaches typically occur around the forehead or temples. These headaches can strike without warning and reoccur in a similar place over a period of several weeks. A blockage in the cervical spine may be responsible for these headaches. In addition to addressing the blockage, Dr. Raveling can help manage the pain. Therapeutic massage, for example, is especially effective for relieving pain associated with both cluster and tension headaches.
A cervical misalignment is a leading cause for tension headaches. When the cervical spine is out of alignment, it may put pressure on the rectus capitis posterior minor (RCPM) muscle. This pressure can cause the muscle to spasm, triggering headache pain. Chiropractic adjustments to the cervical and thoracic spine help relieve pressure on the RCPM and reduce the frequency of headaches.
In addition to chiropractic care and massage therapy, Dr. Raveling will also evaluate your lifestyle and nutrition habits to identify possible behavioral triggers. A caffeine crash, low blood sugar, or long hours staring at a computer screen may trigger headaches by interfering with blood flow to the brain. When the cervical spine is out of alignment, the last thing a patient needs is to be exposed to pain triggers. Lifestyle modifications, in conjunction with chiropractic care and massage therapy, are effective treatment solutions.
Has chiropractic care helped reduce the frequency of your headaches?