Managing Chronic Headaches

Managing Chronic Headaches

migraine_headache_pain_1_1.jpgAlmost everyone has had a headache at least once in their lifetime, but some people suffer from chronic headaches that occur monthly, weekly, or even daily. There are a myriad of causes of headaches, including tension, stress, allergies, medications, food and drink, and TMJ jaw pain. Although rare, chronic headaches may be a sign of a brain tumor, which requires immediate medical attention. Occasional headaches are common, but chronic headaches can affect your work, job, relationships, and quality of life. Fortunately, in many cases they can be successfully treated.

Headaches are considered to be chronic if they occur 15 or more days per month for a period of three consecutive months. Chronic headaches can produce a number of symptoms depending on the type. For instance, they may affect only one side of the head or both, create mild to severe pain, cause a pulsating sensation, cause a pressure or tightening band around the head feeling, or get worse with physical activity. They may even include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine headaches can cause excruciating pain and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine headaches also can cause visual disturbances that can precede the pain.

Rochester Hills Chiropractic Care for Headaches


A number of studies reveal that chiropractic adjustments are an effective treatment for reducing the pain from tension headaches, including neck pain. By manipulating the upper two cervical vertebrae with a combination of Rochester Hills chiropractor adjustment between the junction of the thoracic and cervical spine, substantial pain relief can result. Massage treatment is also used for those that suffer from migraines by targeting certain muscle groups and migraine trigger points. If you have tension headaches and your muscles are tight and tender, massages can provide relief. Rochester Hills chiropractor treatment combined with lifestyle changes, wellness care, stress management, and physical therapy, reduces pain from most types of headaches significantly.

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