Prairie Spine - Headache care in Eden Prairie, MN
Chiropractic offices see patients with a variety of different conditions walk through the doors. Of those conditions, one of the most common are headaches. Headaches can mean different things to different people, but most basically, it is pain in the head. They occur on the front, back, or sides of your head. They can even occur behind your eyes or towards the top of your neck. They can feel anywhere from sharp and stabbing to dull and aching. For some, headaches, such as migraine headaches, can be debilitating.
The list of causes for headaches is long one. It includes: stress, migraines, allergies and sinus pressure, eye strain from prolonged reading or computer use, changes in blood sugar or blood pressure, dehydration, medications, and more. Headaches may be triggered by different types of foods such as cheese, alcohol, or additives. One thing we would like everyone to know about headaches is that although they may be common, headaches are NOT normal. It is your body sending you a message that there is something off. Do you want to simply turn that message off with aspirin or ibuprofen? We think not.
There is a different way to treat headaches, a better way. Chiropractic is drug free, surgery free, and should be your first line of defense against headache symptoms. Migraines, cluster headaches, and tension-type headaches are a few of the many types of headaches. Tension headaches are the most common are often described as a tightness or pressure in the head often coming from the neck. They are often triggered by sustained contraction of small muscles just under the base of your skull called suboccipital muscles. Often stress on these muscles come in combination with misalignments in your spine called subluxations. Subluxations can put pressure on and irritate the nerves exiting the spinal column. These nerves in your neck control function and healing of everything in your neck and even into your head as well as down into your arms and hands. These subluxations, or misalignments of your vertebrae (bones of your spine), will often cause symptoms such as headaches. We usually see a combination of posture and subluxations allowing headaches symptoms to arise. Many people sit for many hours both at work and at home causing pressure and tension on the muscles of the neck. This posture can even cause trigger points to develop in the muscles and changes to occur to the spinal curvature.
Here at Prairie Spine, we know that if the bones of your spine are fixated or out of position or if your muscles have developed trigger points, medications will most definitely not fix the problem. It is a short-term cover up while the problems and structures remain the same causing your headache to come right back. We look for the root cause and address it. We look at the whole person by addressing your alignment, through specific chiropractic adjustments, providing instruction on posture, diet, life style, and specific exercises that you can easily perform at home.
Schedule your consultation to see how the chiropractors for headaches at Prairie Spine can help!