Chiropractic Works with Dr. Birk

Managing your Headache

Posted: May 10, 2013
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

One of the most common conditions that enter the offices of primary care physicians, including chiropractors, are headaches. People can use the standard medical treatments, such as using medications and/or injections. However, people can also benefit from chiropractic treatment approaches which includes manual therapies that may include spinal manipulation or adjustments, manual or mechanical cervical traction, mobilization techniques, trigger point therapy, physical agents or modalities such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc., and nutritional counseling.  While both approaches have their pros and cons, there are far less side effects associated with the chiropractic treatment option.

There are two types of headaches: primary and secondary. Migraine, Tension, and Cluster can be classified as Primary Headaches. On the other hand, Secondary Headaches occur because another condition or injury is present such as after a car accident or slip and fall injury, due an infection, a sinus, jaw, and/or dental condition, a vascular injury such as stroke, a medication side effect, psychiatric disorder and others (1).

Therefore, choosing a type of health care service for the treatment of headache can be a difficult choice.  It has been shown that while choosing between the alternative and complementary medical approaches, 40 percent of 110 patients with chronic tension-type headaches use some form of an alternative/complementary medical approach. Therefore, the results showed that the patients used chiropractic the most at 21.9 percent, then acupuncture at 17.8 percent and finally massage therapy at 17.8 percent.

Chiropractic treatments are the best cure for your headache condition and the best alternative to over-the-counter medications, such as Advil, Tylenol or Aleve. 

When suffering from headaches, the vertebrae in the upper neck loses its normal range of motion and the muscles in that region, that is attached to the base of the skull, become overly tight and squeeze or compress the nerves that feed into the head.  This can result in radiating pain over the top or around the head, sometimes into the eyes.  At this point, chiropractic care can make it easier for you to move your head and neck forwards, back, rotate or twist, and side bend.  Furthermore, this reduces the muscle tension and nerve pinching, which as a result reduces headache pain.