When you think of things that can instantly ruin a day, chances are you don’t think of spilling coffee or forgetting your dry cleaning. You likely think of that late afternoon tension headache that creeps up the back of your head. Or waking up with a splitting pain that radiates from the back of your neck from sleeping wrong. Or the pressure and pain right behind your eyes from sitting at a computer all day. Headaches are a nearly universal problem. And while their causes are wide and varied, getting rid of headaches for good involves more than reaching for a bottle of medication.
There are as many headache causes as there are ways to experience headaches. Among the most common are:
- Neck or back injury
- Sinus problems
- Hormone Imbalances
- Joint disorders such as TMJ
Best Headache Treatments
When we are in pain, we want to relieve that pain as quickly as possible. For many people, that means reaching for an over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain medication. While these medications serve a purpose, they do not address the root cause of the headaches you may be experiencing. There are better treatments available that not only treat the pain, pressure, discomfort, and stiffness you may be experiencing but also prevent future headaches from ruining your day.
You may think of chiropractic care as just being for back pain. In reality, it involves the entire spine, including the vertebrae at the base of your neck. When any two vertebrae are out of alignment, the nerves that emanate from the spinal cord are displaced. This displacement often means aches, pains, numbness, tingling, or stiffness in the surrounding muscles and tissues. Chiropractic care restores your spine’s position and allows nerve signals to transmit messages freely. Your muscles and nerves work the way they should and you experience fewer headaches. Best of all chiropractic care has a cumulative effect. That means you may experience relief after one adjustment, but you will experience long-term relief from persistent headaches as you continue chiropractic care over time.
Acupuncture has long been a staple in Eastern Medicine. Small, thin needles are inserted just below the surface of the skin, stimulating the body to produce endorphins and relieve pain. Specific channels known to relieve headaches are targeted relieving your current pain and improving blood flow. Best of all, most patients not only report fewer headaches, but they also experience a general sense of wellness after their treatment.
Headaches that stem from hormonal imbalances are often the most difficult to treat. For women who suffer from PMS or PMDD, or who are in the early stages of perimenopause, the prescription for debilitating hormonal headaches is often antidepressants. While these medications may offer some relief, they do not work to correct the underlying hormonal imbalance. That is why many women (and men!) are turning to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Plant-derived, bioidentical hormones are compounded to meet your individual needs and relieve headaches rooted in hormonal imbalance.
Tired of living with headaches? Call our office or schedule your consultation online and rediscover what a headache-free life feels like.