Headache and Migraine Treatment From Our Fort Smith Chiropractor
Chronic headaches and migraines can interfere with your daily activities, sometimes to the point of incapacitating you. While it’s a rare person who has never suffered a headache, in most cases, they resolve quickly. When a headache becomes chronic, however, it’s a sign of a problem, such as whiplash, poor posture or misalignment in the neck. Migraines are another issue. In both cases, chiropractic treatment may help. Here are the basics on headaches and migraines, courtesy of your Fort Smith chiropractor, River Valley Back and Neck Clinic.
A headache could accompany a problem like an allergy or sinus infection, but it does not result in the same sort of symptoms as a migraine. Headaches could be the result of the rapid back and forth movement of the neck that occurs when your car stops abruptly – this is a whiplash injury. You might have a misalignment of the vertebrae in the neck. Poor posture – especially what is called head forward posture – could be stressing the neck muscles, causing neck pain and headache. Even sleeping on the wrong kind of pillow could result in symptoms of headache. Both men and women are susceptible to headaches.
Many people don’t realize that while both cause pain, a migraine is actually a neurological condition. Migraines have a vascular component as well – the blood vessels swell and then shrink. A migraine can cause severe incapacitating pain, nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light, sound or scents. Some kinds of migraines can mimic a stroke, with mental confusion, numbness and tingling or even partial temporary paralysis. In most cases, migraines occur as a result of "triggers," such as certain foods, stress, lack of sleep, bright sunlight or atmospheric changes, like the approach of a storm. Migraine tends to affect more women than it does men.
Treating Headaches and Migraines
Chiropractic is often a good choice in treating both headaches and migraines. If the bones in the neck are out of alignment, a chiropractor can perform spinal adjustments to remedy the condition. In addition, chiropractors practice holistic medicine, which means they treat the whole body. Other strategies such as postural analysis, dietary counseling and corrective exercise can help with chronic headaches. When it comes to migraines, the situation is more complex. Nutritional counseling can help remove offending foods, while supportive treatment such as massage helps relieve stress and muscle tension.
Call River Valley Back and Neck Clinic Today!
If you suffer from a headache or have migraines, please contact the River Valley Back and Neck Clinic by calling 479-282-1799 or use the contact form on our website to schedule with your Fort Smith chiropractor. Located at 2408 South 51st Court in Fort Smith, we offer extended and even Sunday hours (Sundays by appointment only) to meet your scheduling needs.