At Vitality Spine + Health we see a lot of patients that are complaining about an extremely common health symptom: Headaches. Headaches have affected just about everyone at some point in their lives and they can be manifested in a variety of different ways. Most people with mild headaches commonly experience pain and discomfort in one specific area of their head or in the space directly behind their eyes. Other folks that have chronic tension headaches get a pounding sensation inside their whole head that makes it nearly impossible to focus on anything else. Some people with migraines an even become nauseous, extremely irritable and/or sensitive to bright lights after hours of frequent and intense pain.
Headaches may be a common issue, but they’re not normal.
In other words, every headache has a cause. Fortunately, very few headaches have serious underlying origins, but those that do require urgent medical attention. An experienced Chiropractor like Dr. Manteris can help you to determine if your headaches can be corrected with chiropractic care or if you may need to be referred to another resource to help you address more extensive or serious health conditions. Regardless of the cause, if you do have a headache, you just want it to be gone, and fast, so you can continue on with your day.
This universal health complaint has produced a vast market for a variety of medications that cover up the headache symptoms. These drugs usually provide temporary relief by numbing your nervous system to mask the pain, and although convenient, long term use can cause serious adverse internal health effects such as kidney or liver damage. Additionally, they don’t actually fix the underlying cause of the headache, which means after the drugs wear off you may be stuck back at square one.
A headache is your body’s way of signaling you that something is not working correctly. When trying to determine the root cause of headaches there are many factors that we take into consideration. Drug reactions, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), pain or tightness in the neck muscles, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, physical or emotional stress, fatigue, and dehydration are just a few of the possible reasons that we consider when a patient is complaining of headaches.
After this information is obtained during an initial consultation with Dr. Manteris the question still remains….How can visiting a professional Chiropractor help me with my headaches?
When a joint doesn’t have proper range of motion it can irritate the underlying nerves and blood vessels, causing extreme and reoccurring pain if not properly addressed. However, with headaches the nerve irritation can be subtle, and therefore difficult to determine that it is stemming from a structural problem in the neck. Even minor misalignments in the spine can cause constriction in vessels which supply blood and fresh oxygen to the brain, causing a headache to strike. If your headache is indeed found to be a chiropractic problem, we will treat the issue with a series of adjustments to dysfunctional joints in the neck and thoracic spine.
Adjustments to dysfunctional joints in the neck can be done in a variety of ways to help ensure that you are comfortable with the chiropractic process. If you’ve never visited a chiropractor and the thought of having your neck “cracked” makes you anxious or nervous, don’t worry! We use a variety of techniques that allow for joint mobilization without the cracking and popping sounds and sensations often associated with a chiropractic adjustment. These adjustments are designed to help normalize spinal function, reduce nerve irritation, and improve your circulation and posture.
Overall, early examination and diagnosis are essential to effective and safe health care practices for any issue. An over reliance on pain medication in lieu of visiting a licensed professional Chiropractor in Broomfield can not only mask potentially dangerous conditions but also cause a range of unnecessary further health complications. If you have a headache in Broomfield, Dr. Manteris’ Chiropractic care may be a great option for you! If you are curious about chiropractic care, we would love the opportunity to help you manage chronic headaches or the occasional stress induced tension headache so you can get back to doing what you love.