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Headaches

Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for headaches, particularly those caused by tension and musculoskeletal issues in the neck and upper back. Chiropractic adjustments can help improve joint mobility and reduce muscle tension, which can alleviate the underlying causes of headaches.

Types of headaches that chiropractic treats:

Migraine Headache:

Migraine headache is a common type of headache that is typically characterized by having throbbing pain, sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting, and aura (visual disturbances such as flashing lights or blind spots, or other sensory changes). Migraines typically last between 4 and 72 hours (about 3 days). 

Tension Headache:
Tension headaches are a type of headache that are typically caused by muscle tension in the head, neck, and shoulders. Usually causes a mild to moderate, steady pain that can affect both sides of the head. Many people with tension headaches describe a feeling of pressure or tightness in the head, neck, and shoulders. Tension headaches typically last between 30 minutes and several hours. 

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Suboccipital Headache:
Suboccipital headaches are a type of headache that is caused by tension or irritation in the muscles and nerves located at the base of the skull, where the neck meets the head. Suboccipital headaches are typically felt at the base of the skull, and they may also radiate to the top of the head or behind the eyes. The pain can range from mild to severe, and it may be throbbing or aching in nature. Suboccipital headaches may last for several hours or even days and may be triggered by a variety of factors, including poor posture, stress, muscle tension, and trauma. His kind of headache may be associated with other symptoms such as stiffness in the neck and shoulders, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating.

Cluster Headache:
Cluster headaches are a type of headache that are characterized by intense, excruciating pain that usually occurs on one side of the head, around the eye or temple. Cluster headaches may be accompanied by other symptoms such as tearing, redness or swelling of the eye, stuffy or runny nose, sweating, and sensitivity to light and sound.

How can chiropractic treat headaches?
Chiropractic care can be a helpful treatment for some people who suffer from various kinds of headaches because they are usually caused by a combination of factors, including muscle tension, nerve irritation, and changes in blood flow to the brain. Adjustments can help to alleviate tension and restore proper alignment to the spine, reducing the underlying causes of headaches such as muscles stiffness and joints restriction. Patients who received chiropractic adjustments experienced a significant reduction in the number of migraines they experienced, as well as a reduction in the duration and intensity of their migraines. 

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