Research shows that around nine out of every ten Americans suffer from headaches. There are various types of headache and they can range from mild to severe. Tension headaches are one of the most common, and they can cause mild to intense pain in your head, neck and behind your eyes. Migraines are another form of headache, and they are often considered one of the most severe since they are almost always accompanied by a range of debilitating symptoms. These can include visual disturbances, slurred speech, and temporary memory loss.
Many people who experience regular headaches and/or migraines find that there are certain things that can trigger them and learn to go out of their way to avoid them. For example, bright lights, low blood sugar or anxiety attacks. They are also heavily reliant on medications to deal with their symptoms when a headache or migraine does arise.
If you are suffering from recurrent tension-type headaches and/or migraines and don’t want to rely on prescription pain medications, we can create a personalized treatment plan that can alleviate your symptoms without the need for drugs.
What is Included in a Treatment Plan for Migraines and Headaches?
Our unique and completely tailored patient plans include a number of different treatment modalities including the following key elements:
Spinal adjustments are one of the best-known elements of chiropractic care. Also known as spinal manipulations, this practice involves your chiropractor applying pressure and force to the vertebrae in your spine that are believed to be causing your headaches. This is usually in the cervical spine, which is the upper part of the spine that is located in the neck.
Electronic stimulation, also known as electrotherapy, refers to the medical application of electrical currents via pads placed onto the skin to speed up healing and reduce pain. It has shown to be very beneficial in the relief of headaches, shoulder pain, neck pain, and back pain. Although it sounds a little scary, the process doesn’t hurt, and the level of electrical current is gradually increased until the patient has reached their comfort level.
Ultrasound therapy is a fairly new and innovative treatment that is being used for the treatment of migraines. During this treatment, sound waves are passed through your skin to the target area where they cause the tissues to vibrate. These then produce a tissue-healing heat that can lower pain levels, increase blood circulation and promote healing.
If you are experiencing headaches and/or migraines and would like to know more about how chiropractic care can help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with The Spine Clinic in Salem, OR by calling (503) 362-5555.