Chronic headaches including tension headaches and migraines can greatly affect a person’s quality of life. At Denison Chiropractic, our chiropractors can help patients with custom options that focus on the cause of pain, helping those throughout the Sherman–Denison, Texas Metro.
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What causes headaches?
Headaches can develop for a number reasons such as trauma, underlying disease, and even using certain forms of medications. However, several headaches encountered on a daily basis are the result of chronic stress and tension or because of neurovascular problems which have a direct impact on the nerves and blood vessels of the head and neck. These types of headaches can include tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches. Cluster headaches are similar to migraines but usually occur in groups, or clusters, over a certain time period.
How does a chiropractor treat chronic headaches?
Chiropractors can employ several techniques to address chronic head pain, and prior to the prescription of any one approach, an assessment will be performed to determine the root cause of the discomfort. Several chronic headaches can be caused or made worse by muscle tension and painful muscle “knots” or trigger points which interfere with how the nerves send signals and circulation. This can even result in reduced range of motion throughout the neck. In migraines especially, both the nerves and blood vessels are commonly involved. In all these cases, chiropractic care can help. These techniques are specifically designed to treat those root problems and include deep tissue manipulation, to break up knots and restore circulation, and cervical spinal adjustments, to help alleviate nerve impingements in the neck and shoulders. Additional techniques such as physical therapy and guidance on posture and ergonomics can also alleviate strain and help to prevent headaches from developing in the future.
How can improved ergonomics assist to prevent headaches?
Ergonomics assist in ensuring that all personal, work, and home environments are customized to support the individual’s musculoskeletal system. This frequently means redesigning or rethinking the way the individual will sit at a desk, including the shape, height and supports of the chair, the desk shape and height, the lighting used, and additional factors designed to reduce strain on the neck, back, and shoulders. This can prevent nerve impingements and reduce interference with healthy circulation.