Chiropractic Adjustments for Headaches in Whidbey Island, WA
Headaches are a common occurrence - affecting 21.8% of the U.S. population - and are triggered by various negative factors including harsh environmental stimuli (such as inordinate noises and lights), psychological tolls (such as stress and anxiety regarding one's life) as well as health conditions (such as insomnia and diabetes). While mild headaches can be treated with painkillers or go away on their own, severe headaches that interfere with your daily life call for more drastic intervention. For an alternative, non-invasive approach to treating your pain, consider a chiropractic adjustment for your tension headaches. To schedule a consultation with a chiropractor in Whidbey Island that performs chiropractic adjustments for headaches, call (425) 382-6679 or contact Dr. Mark Nolting online.
Can Chiropractors Help Headaches?
You might find yourself asking the question, "Can chiropractors help headaches?" Research suggests spinal manipulation, the chief treatment technique employed by chiropractors, has potential for providing headache relief. How is this so? Chiropractors help correct neuromusculoskeletal (nerves, muscles and bones of the body) issues. Headaches can frequently be the result of when the spinal bones in the neck are supporting the head improperly, which compromises the nerves, muscles and even the blood supply to the head - oftentimes the direct source of a headache!
What to Expect during Your Chiropractic Adjustment
Your chiropractic adjustment will start with a spinal examination to determine whether spinal manipulation can provide headache relief and, if they believe it can, they will locate the areas of the spine which are moving improperly. You will be asked to lie down on a chiropractic table, either facing down or on your side depending on the area of misalignment in your spine. They will then restore essential spinal curves by using precise spinal manipulations designed to improve circulation and normalize spinal function. While spinal manipulation is the most common form of treatment employed by chiropractors and will likely be part of your treatment plan, your chiropractor may additionally choose to combine any number of the methods for treating pain including:
- Heat treatment
- Ice packs
- X-ray diagnosis
- Weight loss plans
- Relaxation techniques
- Exercise plans including strength training
Following your chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractor will recommend healthy lifestyle choices that facilitate good posture and sustained spine health. While you may find immediate relief from your first chiropractic adjustment, chiropractic care can be an ongoing process and your chiropractor will likely recommend a follow-up visit as well as a comprehensive chiropractic plan.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Headaches
Consulting a chiropractor for headaches is the natural solution to alleviate pain. Instead of relying on medications that may mask your pain and that can have negative effects on your kidney or liver, chiropractic care may help identify and treat the underlying cause of your headache. Some additional benefits of chiropractic care for headaches you may find include:
- Immediacy: If your spine is out of alignment, particularly the muscles and nerves surrounding your neck that may be cutting off blood to your head, a chiropractic adjustment can provide immediate relief, either during the session or shortly after.
- Efficacy: A chiropractic adjustment can improve nerve connection in the body, limiting the likelihood of recurrent pain.
Mechanical dysfunction of the vertebrae of the neck leads to increased muscle tension as well as decreased blood flow to the head, the result of which is a headache. A chiropractor can improve nerve function by relaxing and strengthening the neck muscles. To schedule a consultation with a qualified chiropractor in Whidbey Island that specializes in natural headache relief, call (425) 382-6679 or contact Dr. Mark Nolting online.
Edmonds Wellness Clinic
Address7935 216th St SW
Edmonds, WA 98026
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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