Headache and Migraine Options
Even a single, mild case of head pain can put a dent in somebody's day -- but when you suffer from recurring headaches or migraines, you may find yourself totally disabled by your symptoms. A variety of underlying muscular and neurological issues may be making you unusually prone to such pains, with migraines in particular being set off by a range range of triggers. Our North Phoenix chiropractor at Imagine Wellness Chiropractic Center, Dr. Roxane Zamora, can help you overcome your headaches or migraines through natural, non-pharmaceutical treatment methods.
The most common type of headache, the classic tension headache, is aptly named. These headaches are frequently a direct result of tension in the muscles that support the neck and skull. Emotional stress, cervical misalignments that place abnormal stress on the muscles, or a recent injury to the muscles can all produce tension and spasms. Spasms in the RCPM muscle at the base of the skull are a special problem, because this muscle may pull on a sensitive tissue called the dura mater, which in turn sends pain signals to the head. Whiplash or chronic alignment problems can also cause tension in other neck muscles to create headaches and neck pain.
Common Symptoms and Triggers of Migraines
Migraines involve more than just headaches; they can also produce visual and aural distortions, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, lightheadedness, fatigue and numbness. But for all their intensity, migraines have somewhat mysterious causes. Some people appear to undergo changes in brain chemistry that cause the trigeminal nerve, one of the main nerves serving the head, to issue signals that inflame blood vessels; this swelling leads to pain and other symptoms. Injuries such as concussion and whiplash can result in migraines. Susceptible individuals may also have specific triggers that range from particular foods or medicines to bright lights or tobacco exposure.
Our North Phoenix chiropractor can treat both headaches and migraines through conservative care techniques. Adjustments to the cervical spine can relieve imbalances that make you prone to tension headaches and neck pain. We may also offer corrective exercises to strengthen neck support and ergonomic advice to help you avoid postural problems such as "text neck."
Many migraine sufferers also tend to suffer from a form of spinal instability called joint hypermobility syndrome that causes back pain and balance issues. Chiropractic adjustment and corrective exercises can help stabilize the spine, relieving back pain while also normalizing neurological function. Additionally, our chiropractor in Phoenix can advise you on how to identify and avoid your dietary, environmental and stress-related migraine triggers.
If you would rather correct the underlying issues behind your headaches and migraines instead of relying on drugs for temporary symptom relief, then call today to schedule a consult with our chiropractor in Phoenix. We can help restore your quality of life!