Are you fed up with headache pain? You’re not alone. In fact, researchers have estimated that 90 percent of Americans struggle with headache pain at some point in their lives.
With all the people looking for fast and easy relief from headaches, it’s no surprise that pain medication is always flying off the shelves of American pharmacies. While Tylenol, Advil, Excedrin, and similar pills may be the first option for many, recent research has found that chiropractic care provides better and longer lasting headache treatment than pain meds.
Let’s get into what causes headaches and why chiropractic care is a better solution.
What Causes Headaches?
About 95 percent of headaches are categorized as “primary headaches.” In this category, neck muscle tension and misaligned neck vertebrae are the most likely root causes.
“Tension and misalignment in the neck area results in nerve irritation,” said a representative of a Saint George UT chiropractor who recently discussed the topic of headache pain with Heritage Health. “Nerve fibers connecting the brain and the spinal cord become irritated, which produces the feeling of a headache.”
According to an orthodontist in Pensacola, jaw misalignment is also a common underlying cause of the neck tension that can result in headaches.
Chiropractic Headache Treatment
Two recent studies reveal how effective chiropractic care can be as a headache treatment.
First, in a study performed by New Zealand’s government, a majority of patients dealing with recurring headaches caused by spinal misalignment achieved pain relief through chiropractic care. In many cases, the relief had remained consistent through a follow-up study two years later.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics recently published another study that found the spinal manipulation techniques practiced by chiropractors provided better and longer lasting relief from tension headaches than pain medications.
A Med-Free Solution
At Heritage Health, we conduct a thorough examination to determine the root causes of a patient’s headache pain. If we find that pressure on irritated nerves is causing your discomfort, we can perform chiropractic adjustments that relieve the pressure and ease headache pain.
Additionally, we can recommend changes in exercise, ergonomics, lifestyle, and diet that may help you limit neck tension and headaches in the future.
For holistic, painkiller-free headache treatment in Centennial, call Heritage Health at (303) 694-1245 today to set up an appointment!