Many patients seeking pain management services at our chiropractic center suffer from recurring headaches and excruciating migraines that dramatically reduce their quality of life. Although pain medication may provide temporary relief, the root cause of their headache and migraine pain is not being addressed adequately. To relieve head pain without prescribing medication t improve your overall well-being, our chiropractors offer effective chiropractic treatments such as spinal decompression and trigger point massage therapy.
What Causes Headaches and Migraines?
Primary headaches emerge when pain-sensitive structures in the head, neck and upper spine are overstimulated or stressed unlike secondary headaches, or headaches that arise from underlying conditions such as acute sinusitis or ear infections. Primary headaches involve the complex interplay of constricted blood vessels, misalignment of cervical vertebrae and strained muscles in the neck, shoulders and upper back.
Cluster, tension and migraine headaches are the most common types of primary headaches. Migraines are considered primary headaches because they are thought to stem from central nervous system irregularities, vascular inconsistencies or chemical imbalances within the brain.
Spinal Subluxation and Headaches
Chiropractors diagnose a spinal subluxation when displaced vertebrae induce abnormal intradiscal pressure that compresses sensitive nerve endings. As a consequence of the physiological and biomechanical disturbances caused by a spinal subluxation, patients may experience chronic low back and neck pain, headaches, migraines and a host of other health issues linked to a disrupted nervous system.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression is a non-invasive treatment offered at the Gremmels Chiropractic Center, Inc that alleviates pressure on intradiscal nerves irritated by displaced vertebrae. Spinal decompression therapy can help reduce headache and migraine pain while aligning the spine to improve the functioning of the nervous system.
Patients undergoing spinal decompression lie on a special table controlled by Dr. Gremmels that initiates disc distraction by adjusting the patient's body location in relation to the severity of spinal misalignment. Spinal decompression therapy alternates between cycles of relaxation and decompression that are about 15 minutes apart.
Trigger Point Massage Therapy for Headaches and Migraines
Classified as latent or active, trigger points exist at over 600 "points" in the muscles comprising the musculoskeletal system. Active trigger points will induce pain locally or elsewhere in the body. Latent trigger points possess the potential for causing pain if they are stressed or inflamed.
TPR is effective at dilating constricted blood vessels and restoring normal functioning to muscles and soft tissues associated with migraines and headaches. During trigger point therapy, patients actively participate in alleviating head and body discomfort by informing their chiropractor of where the pain exists and how intense it is when certain areas of the body are manipulated. Trigger point release therapy also stimulates the natural healing process while promoting release of endorphins, the body's natural analgesic for pain relief.
If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, call our center today to schedule an appointment with one of our caring chiropractors who can help you start enjoying a healthier, pain-free lifestyle.