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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jeremy Will, D.C.

Chiropractic Techniques for Treating Headaches and Migraines

Migraines and headaches can severely impact a person's quality of life. These conditions can affect people of all ages. They can occur for various reasons, from tension headaches caused by stress and poor posture to migraines triggered by certain foods or environmental factors.

 

In honor of National Migraine and Headache Month, we want to raise awareness about these conditions and the available treatment options. Chiropractic care has proven to be an effective treatment option for many people who suffer from headaches and migraines. Let’s dive into the various chiropractic techniques that alleviate pain and discomfort from these conditions.

 

Spinal Adjustments

Spinal adjustments are a common technique chiropractors use to help reduce headache and migraine symptoms. These adjustments can help restore proper spine function, relieving tension and pressure on irritated nerves and tight muscles.

 

Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft tissue therapy is another technique chiropractors use to help reduce headache and migraine symptoms. This therapy involves specialized massage, stretching, and other methods to relax tight muscles and improve circulation, which can help reduce pain and discomfort.

 

Lifestyle Counseling

In addition to these hands-on techniques, chiropractors also provide lifestyle counseling to help patients make positive changes that can help to prevent headaches and migraines from occurring in the first place. This can include recommendations for stress management, exercise, and nutrition.

 

If you suffer from headaches or migraines, give our office a call. National Migraine and Headache Month is the perfect opportunity to take action and positively change your life. With the proper care and support, you can take control of your health and start living life to the fullest. Check out this video for more information!


 

Headaches and Stress Made Worse by Jaw Disorder


An often overlooked instigator of tension headaches can be TMJ disorders which includes pain in the jaw, excessive popping or clicking, or difficulty chewing. It is well documented that people with TMJ disorders also suffer from a significantly higher incidence of tension type headaches as well, but a recent study showed that TMJ disorders are highly linked with psychosocial issues that lead to a significantly higher reports of stress in patients suffering from jaw pain.

So not only is jaw pain likely contributing to or causing some tension headaches, but it also likely increasing your daily stress levels. The good news is that we can help! Manual therapy for the jaw and chiropractic adjustments for the neck have shown to greatly improve TMJ symptoms.

 

Alkhudhairy MW, Al Ramel F, Al Jader G, Al Saegh L, Al Hadad A, Alalwan T, Al Shaikh D, Al Bandar M. A Self-Reported Association between Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, Headaches, and Stress. J Int Soc Prev Community Dent. 2018 Jul-Aug;8(4):371-380. doi: 10.4103/jispcd.JISPCD_177_18. Epub 2018 Jul 18. PMID: 30123773; PMCID: PMC6071353.

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