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Headaches and Migraines
Recurring headache or migraine headache pain can be incredibly debilitating. With care from our Portland chiropractor Dr. Samantha Stuart, DC, we can help stop recurring headaches and migraines before they stop you from living an active life. Our non-invasive treatments target the underlying cause for your headaches, which provides natural pain management without the need for drugs. Our goal is to help stop your headache pain before it even starts.
The first step for successful headache treatment is to identify the underlying cause. In many patients with chronic headaches, a misalignment of the cervical spine is placing pressure on the RCPM muscle. This pressure causes the RCPM muscle to spasm, which in turn triggers headaches. Rather than covering up the symptoms of headache pain with medication, chiropractic care can help prevent RCPM muscle spasms from occurring in the first place. Chiropractic adjustments are a gentle, effective treatment for bringing natural alignment back to the cervical spine. Restoring proper alignment relieves pressure on the RCPM muscle, reducing the frequency of muscle spasms, and consequently reducing the number of headaches that our patients experience.
A cervical spine misalignment is one of the most common injuries following a car accident or sports-related accident. If you have recently been injured and are now suffering from headaches, we urge you to seek prompt care from a chiropractor. External intervention in the form of chiropractic care is essential for correcting the spine’s mechanical misalignment and relieving headache pain.
If you suffer from migraine headache pain, chiropractic care can also help treat this pain. While the exact causes for a migraine headache are not fully understood, migraines have been linked to blood vessel constriction. When the flow of oxygen to the brain is compromised, a drop in oxygen levels can trigger this blood vessel constriction. A cervical spine misalignment may also be responsible for this constriction. Adjustments to the spine help support healthy oxygen flow, which not only helps reduce migraine pain, but may also help to minimize associated symptoms such as dizziness and nausea.
Patients choose our practice because of our emphasis on wellness care and drug-free techniques. This is especially important for individuals who suffer from headaches and migraines. While medication can provide important relief, no drug is able to correct a spinal misalignment. Worse, repeated use of some painkillers, including over-the-counter painkillers, can have undesirable side effects. Chiropractic care is an effective treatment technique that reduces the need for medication while improving our patients’ overall quality of life.
In addition to chiropractic care, massage therapy and nutritional counseling are two important techniques for relieving migraine and headache pain. Regular massage treatments enhance the mind-body connection, decreasing stress and releasing muscle tension. Our nutritional counseling services can also help identify patterns of caffeine intake and food consumption that may trigger migraine headache problems.
Contact us today at (503) 252-3560 to learn more about headache treatments available for Portland, Gresham, Camas, Happy Valley, Fairview, Troutdale, as well as Vancouver, WA!