Learning More About Chiropractic for Headaches

Learning More About Chiropractic for Headaches

Headaches are a common ailment for a large pool of people. Within this pool of people, many individuals suffer chronic headaches or have issues with high severity headaches such as migraines or cluster headaches. One treatment which can offer long-term results without recurring treatment is chiropractic care. By learning more about chiropractic for headaches, it should be possible to decide if this is an appropriate avenue for your or a loved one’s headache treatment. How Chiropractic Treats Headaches Subluxation is a condition caused by misaligned vertebrae in the spine. This causes an interference in the transferring of nerve signals throughout the body. Misaligned vertebrae can pinch nerves in the back while tight muscles in the neck region can also cause pinching of nerves in the neck. A chiropractor will work on both of these primary regions in order to relieve the subluxation which is often responsible for the onset of headaches. Long-term Sustained Results A common treatment for headaches is over the counter medicine or narcotic pain medication. Although these medications may work adequately for treating short-term or intermittent pain caused by headaches, they can have a number of unpleasant and detrimental side effects if utilized for a long term basis. According to Toll Gate Chiropractic,“A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that “spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than commonly prescribed medications.” While medications recommended by your doctor are overall an important part of a headache treatment plan, chiropractic treatment should be considered as a potential long-term solution. Avoiding Triggers Some common triggers for headaches include stress, diet and exposure to poisons. A few food sources to investigate include nitrates, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and foods with a large amount of the amino acid tyramine. Poisons include lead, insecticides or pesticides and carbon...

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Chiropractic for Weather Related Headaches: Don’t Suffer Through Spring!

Chiropractic for Weather Related Headaches: Don’t Suffer Through Spring!

For many Americans, spring’s arrival has signaled the start of severe headache pain. There are many reasons for this including increased pollen levels, alterations in natural light, high humidity, elevated air temperatures and changes in barometric pressure. They all play a unique role in how our bodies adjust to seasonal changes. Let’s take our circulatory systems as examples: It is no secret that blood flow can help or hinder headache development. Unfortunately, blood flow may be altered by situations involving elevated air temperatures, high humidity and barometric pressure too. That’s why the switch from winter to spring often spells disaster for people prone to being on the receiving end of headache pain. On a positive note, local chiropractors have the ideal headache cures for people grappling with spring’s arrival. So, let’s talk a bit about why chiropractic for headaches is potentially the most effective, efficient treatment option available. Doctors of Chiropractic have been trained to fully understand how our musculoskeletal system interacts with internal and external forces. Thus, they know how to manipulate bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons in ways that increase blood flow to the brain and help correct chemical imbalances. A good example is serotonin, which is commonly found in humankind’s blood platelets. Healthcare practitioners widely agree that changes in serotonin levels may bring about or exacerbate headache pain. Consequently, when chiropractors take steps to alter cerebral blood flow they also change a body’s serotonin levels for better or worse. With that said, neck and spinal manipulations may be all that’s needed to keep weather related headaches at bay. However, some Doctors of Chiropractic may also recommend that their patients eat foods rich in tryptophans, vitamin B-6 and carbohydrates as well as exercise regularly. They are all known to help weather related headache sufferers too. To learn more about combating spring headaches with chiropractic care, please click...

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Chiropractic for Headaches: The Best Choice for Split Second Pain Relief

Chiropractic for Headaches: The Best Choice for Split Second Pain Relief

You wake up and your head feels like it’s ready to burst. The light emanating from the lamp on your bedside table is only making the situation worse. And you feel too awful to roll out from underneath of the comforter and slap your bare tootsies onto the bedroom floor. “Now what’s wrong with me?”, you may wonder aloud. Well, you could have one of several different types of headaches that may be treated with Indianapolis chiropractic care. For the most part, headaches are divided up into distinct categories primarily based on their symptom and underlying causes. The list of most recognized classifications includes, but isn’t confined to inflammatory, tension, cervicogenic, traction and vascular. Chiropractors most assuredly excel at dealing with the first four because they all have to do with a person’s musculoskeletal system. The last type (vascular), as you might have assumed, has to do with the circulatory system instead. In order to ascertain which type of headache is to blame for your discomfort, a chiropractor will have to do a bit of detective work. This typically involves a hands-on and visual examination of the spine and neck. They are two areas that have long been proven to spur the onset of tension, inflammatory, cervicogenic and traction headaches. So the majority of experienced chiropractors will focus on those potentially problematic areas first before moving on to others. Should the spinal column or neck areas be to blame, the pain may be almost instantaneously resolved with manual or equipment generated manipulation. In cases where pain relief is not immediate, the chiropractor may suggest that additional measures be taken. They may include taking prescription pharmaceuticals as well as nerve blocking injections. Would you like to explore the topic of chiropractic for headaches further? If so, contact our office today to schedule a...

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Spinal Adjustments: A Natural, Effective Way to Resolve Middle Back Pain

Spinal Adjustments: A Natural, Effective Way to Resolve Middle Back Pain

Thoracic back pain is a common complaint among students, office workers and hikers. It is often caused by toting around heavy backpacks or staying hunched over a desk and completing tedious computer work for hours at a time. In some instances, it may also be caused by disease, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries and activities that require repetitive, upper body movements (e.g. assembly line work). Mercifully, the pain and comorbidities commonly associated with thoracic back pain may be addressed with spinal adjustments. If one were to start at the skull and work downward, the thoracic section of the spine would be the area that begins at the base of the neck (T1) and extends to a spot that sits just below a person’s rib cage (T12). Within that area are a dozen vertebrae, intervertebral discs, ligaments, the thoracic spinal nerve and two major muscles. The muscles are known as the longissimus and the spinalis. Together, they help us move our bodies from side to side and support our rib cage, which contains organs essential to life. Spinal adjustments are most useful when thoracic back pain is not related to spinal fractures. In the event of fractures, it may be necessary for a person to undergo back surgery or wear a brace until the bones mend. Afterward, chiropractic care may help address range of motion problems as well as pain that may occur during post-surgery therapy sessions. It is important to note that depending on which area of the thoracic spine is in distress, additional health problems may also occur. The list of comorbidities includes, but doesn’t end with arm muscle weakness, reduced range of motion, sensory disturbances, painful respiration and mixed incontinence. As they are often caused by pinched nerves, spinal adjustments may aid in resolving those comorbidities too. The number of spinal adjustments needed to address those primary and secondary health concerns will vary based on two main factors: 1) the extent of the injury and 2) the body’s ability to respond to treatment. To find out more about thoracic back pain and the role spinal adjustments may play in its resolution, call our Indianapolis chiropractic office today and schedule a consultation with a licensed chiropractor. Image courtesy of stockimages /...

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Student Athletes Use Chiropractic to Reduce Pain & Stay Flexible

Student Athletes Use Chiropractic to Reduce Pain & Stay Flexible

Now that the new semester has started, many student athletes will be signing up for after school sports. Although this is a wonderful occurrence, there are some reasons for concern when it comes to certain activities. We will use wrestling as a prime example. It’s one scholastic sport that has a long history of causing musculoskeletal injuries. That’s partially why many student athletes are using chiropractic care in order to stay on top of their health. Over the years, countless studies have shown that when student athletes wrestle, they are likely to sustain certain types of injuries. We’ve listed some of the most common ones below: Pre-Patella Bursitis and Other Inflammation Assorted Muscle Strains and Sprains Dislocations and Bone Fractures Skin Infections and Lacerations Contusions and Abrasions Traumatic Brain Injuries MCL Tears and Meniscus Fortunately, Indianapolis chiropractic care has the potential to help resolve several of the noted wrestling injuries, including sprains, strains and dislocations. They are typically treated over time with a series of adjustments, deep tissue massage, hot/cold therapy sessions, anti-inflammatory medications and more. Other student wrestling injuries, like bone fractures, head trauma, skin infections and lacerations are best left in the hands of other healthcare professionals. Although Indianapolis chiropractors may be able to help student wrestlers recover from muscle weakness brought about by treatment of the aforementioned fractures, lacerations and trauma. Furthermore, repeated visits to a chiropractor may also help high school- and college age wrestlers train more effectively and efficiently. For example, chiropractors may perform adjustments on wrestlers that increase their flexibility and increase blood flow to areas that may need to recover from overuse. They may also recommend targeted exercises that could improve a student wrestler’s muscle strength in a certain area (e.g. back or extremities). Because of that, student wrestlers frequently include chiropractic advice as part of their everyday...

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