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Preventing Headaches with Chiropractic Care

Preventing Headaches with Chiropractic Care - El Paso Chiropractor

As an individual suffering from headaches and migraines, you are not alone. A large percentage of people often describe feeling symptoms associated with some form of head pain. While some might be occasional and dull and others may be more frequent and throbbing, headaches or migraine pain can be debilitating, especially depending on the type of injury or condition causing the symptoms. There are various ways to treat head pain but prevention can be one of the best ways to prevent headaches and migraines.

Chiropractic Care for Head Pain

Chiropractic care can help both treat and prevent chronic headaches and migraines. The majority of head pain symptoms generally originates from spinal misalignments, improper posture, and reduced spinal mobility as a result of direct injury or an underlying condition. Also, the muscles surrounding the cervical spine may at times develop poor contraction patterns, or scar tissue between the layers of the muscle that could also cause head pain. Many of these complications can improve with chiropractic treatments on the spine, specifically focusing on the neck and upper back. Through spinal adjustments, a chiropractor re-aligns the spine in order to release tension in the bones, muscles, and nerves, avoiding headaches and migraines from occurring in the first place. If the normal function of the spine is restored, individuals whom previously suffered from headaches and/or migraines could experience reduced a frequency and intensity of their symptoms.

Preventing Migraines with Chiropractic

Preventing headaches and migraines can also be achieved by avoiding triggers. If you suffer from migraines for example and an excess of sunlight causes your head pain to trigger, wearing ball caps or large hats and polarized sunglasses can help reduce the exposure to your trigger. If you experience tension headaches, described as mild to moderate tightness or pressure around the head, standing up and stretching from a constant sitting position behind a computer screen and changing the height of the screen and keyboard to reduce neck and upper back strain can help prevent problems that could trigger another headache.

Finally, preventing headaches can simply be accomplished by staying active. Individuals who frequently suffer from headaches or migraines often may spend several days in bed while experiencing their symptoms. But, if after spending a day or two resting the symptoms don’t improve, preferably one should attempt returning into their regular daily activities. However, while resuming back to any physical activities, keep in mind to avoid participating in exercises that could aggravate any injuries or conditions that caused the headaches or migraines in the first place.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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