The pain of a headache or migraine can stop a patient in their tracks. Dr. Colby Giles of Luxxey Chiropractic in Tempe, Ariozna, understands the life-changing effects of chronic headaches and migraines, and wants to provide a natural solution to these common problems. With routine chiropractic adjustments, many patients achieve relief of their migraine or headache problems.
What causes headaches?
A headache is a signal from the body that something’s not right. Many times they have an apparent cause, which can include:
Other times, they don’t. Headaches without an apparent cause may occur due to strain on the neck muscles, which pulls the vertebrae out of alignment. Subluxation in the neck, either due to tension or injury, is one of the most common causes of a chronic headache.
What causes migraines?
Migraines occur when the blood vessels in the head and neck become constricted. Researchers aren’t completely sure what causes this, but environmental factors often trigger migraine pain, which causes the blood vessels to contract. Many chiropractors believe that changes in the brainstem and its interaction with the terminal nerve is a factor. Poor communication between the brain, circulatory system, and central nervous system can also contribute to migraine problems, and chiropractic adjustment addresses this.
How does a chiropractor treat headaches?
Dr. Giles starts headache treatment with a thorough examination to find the underlying cause. Often spinal misalignment is the cause, but stress and other lifestyle factors can also play a role. After finding the cause, Dr. Giles works with patients to create a customized treatment and lifestyle modification plan that can help. Addressing spinal misalignments is the first step, followed by lifestyle and nutrition education to help patients maintain their results and reduce the risk of a new headache developing.
What lifestyle modifications can reduce headache and migraine pain?
After adjusting the neck and reducing subluxations that are contributing to headache pain, Dr. Giles will look closely at a patient’s lifestyle to find areas where headaches are triggered. Some common triggers include:
With the help of Dr. Giles, patients can take measures to avoid or improve these triggers and stop new headaches from forming. For more information about headache care from a qualified chiropractor, contact Dr. Giles at Luxxey Chiropractic for a consultation.