Family Chiropractic of Athens offers effective, natural relief of headache for patients in Athens, GA.
While almost everyone suffers from headache at some point, for an estimated 45 million Americans, headache is a chronic concern causing significant pain and activity limitation.
Although taking pain medications can temporarily dull the symptoms, it's no solution for long-term relief. Fortunately chiropractic care can offer a non-drug solution for patients with headaches. Our Athens chiropractor has successfully eased headache for hundreds of patients. We use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, massage, trigger point therapy, and exercise rehabilitation for natural headache relief.
Headache can stem from a number of problems, and chiropractic care is most effective for headaches related to dysfunctions in the joints and tissues of the spine.
Here are some of the most common headaches we treat at our Athens clinic:
Cervicogenic headache originates with a dysfunction in the cervical spine, or the area of the spine in your neck. These headaches are characterized by pain at the base of the skull emanating down the neck, and sometimes above the eyes. Patients with cervicogenic headache often suffer from dizziness and neck pain. Cervicogenic headaches are often the result of a neck injury sustained in an auto accident.
Chiropractic care can correct dysfunctions in the cervical spine causing cervicogenic headache. A study published in the journal Spine showed chiropractic adjustments and exercise rehabilitation resulted in significantly reduced symptoms for patients with cervicogenic headache. Another treatment we commonly use, trigger point therapy, reduced the pain of cervicogenic headaches by 71% for patients in one recent study.
Scientists are still studying all the possible causes of migraine headache. However, dysfunction within the spine may lead to chemical imbalances associated with migraines. Stress, muscle, and auto injuries can also exacerbate or trigger migraines. Correcting dysfunctions in the spine and easing muscle tension may assist in the reduction of migraine headache for many patients.
One medical study suggested that chiropractic care resulted in a 90% reduction in migraine frequency. Another study found chiropractic reduced the intensity of migraines by 68%. Exercise has also been found to be as effective as a common drug for preventing migraine.
Tension headaches are the most common headache type, and can result from a number of sources. Muscle spasms, tension, stress, and food allergies can all lead to tension headaches. Massage therapy and chiropractic can significantly ease tension headaches. In one study, massage therapy reduced headache intensity by 30% and headache frequency by 21%.
If you're searching for non-drug methods of relieving chronic headache, our Athens chiropractor Dr. Hitchcock can help.
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