If you have ever suffered from a headache, you know that it can range from mildly annoying to debilitating. If you seem to be suffering from headaches regularly, consult Dr. Michael Brass, serving the community of East Meadow, NY at Comprehensive Chiropractic Care since 1991. His mission is to help each person reach their optimal health without the use of drugs or surgery, which includes rectifying headaches at their source.
What is a headache?
In the broadest sense, a headache is when you experience varying degrees of pain or discomfort in the head or face. Headaches may result from tension, spasms in the neck and shoulders, or impingements in the nerves in and around the head and neck or the blood vessels at the base of your brain. You get many different classifications of headaches, including migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches.
Headaches are either primary or secondary. Primary is when the headache is the main medical problem, and secondary is when the headache is due to an underlying medical condition. Sometimes, headaches are caused by misalignments in the temporomandibular joints, which are where the lower jaw connects to the sides of the skull. Other times, headaches are referred into the back of the head by misaligned vertebrae blocking the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the neck, in which cases we describe the headache as “cervicogenic.”
Chiropractic and Headaches
Dr. Brass and his team are a family practice, and they would like you to know that one of the benefits of chiropractic care is that it can help relieve or reduce the pain a patient experiences when they have a headache. This can be done using a variety of treatments, including upper cervical care and migraine management. Each treatment is selected based on your unique patient profile and may require more than one chiropractic session for maximum effect.
The jaw, neck, and upper back muscles are connected and ultimately anchored by the spine and musculoskeletal system. The chiropractic technique of spinal manipulation, as well as low level laser therapy and electric muscle stimulation, can go a long way in managing headaches caused by excessive strain, injury, or trauma affecting these parts of the body.
Chiropractic and other non-invasive, holistic treatments may be able to resolve and prevent your headaches. Call Comprehensive Chiropractic Care’s East Meadow, NY office at 516-489-2212.