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Headaches & Migraines

Vancouver Headache and Migraine Relief

Thousands of people suffer from headaches and migraines daily, without adequate relief. This can be debilitating, and often prevents people from living full, active lives. People who suffer with migraines and headaches often have to miss work when they are having an episode, or are forced to remain in a dark, quiet room for hours until the pain subsides.

Prevention is key with headaches, as they are difficult to manage once they have already started. This is especially true of migraines -- the most effective way to treat them is to keep them from occurring in the first place. Conventional medicine generally only provides limited relief of migraines, usually with strong medications that must be relied upon each time a headache occurs. However, chiropractic care can not only reduce migraine symptoms efficiently, but has also been shown to effectively reduce the frequency and duration of headaches.

Cervical Spine Adjustments

One of the most common causes of headaches is misalignment in the cervical spine, or neck. When the vertebrae are improperly aligned, they can press on the nerves and soft tissues in the neck, causing pain to radiate up through the neck and into the head. Adjusting the cervical spine -- especially the atlas vertebrae -- reduces the pressure put on the soft tissues in the neck, keeping pain at bay.

While adjustment of the cervical spine is especially effective for tension headaches, it also can reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.

Lumbar Spine Adjustments

It's easy to think that the lumbar spine has little to do with migraines, however, the truth is that the spine is the nerve pathway to the body, and the entire body can be affected if the lumbar spine is not in alignment. Adjusting the upper and lower back in addition to the cervical spine can improve posture, helping to keep headaches away and reduce their duration when they do occur.

Deep Tissue Massage

In addition to misaligned vertebrae, stiff or tense muscles are one of the leading contributors to head pain. If you need headache and migraine relief, consider getting a deep tissue massage. Manipulating the muscles deep in the neck and upper shoulders releases endorphins, which is an excellent natural pain reliever.

In addition, regular deep tissue massage can help keep muscles soft and pliable, allowing for better flexibility and freedom of movement. This is an excellent way to prevent migraine symptoms from occurring, and it feels great too!

Headaches & Migraines can be Correlated with Back and Neck Pain

If you suffer from headache or migraine symptoms, visiting a Vancouver chiropractor can help you get the relief you've been looking for. Whether you suffer from tension headaches, ice pick headaches, or migraines, chiropractic care is an effective, all natural and non-invasive way to manage head pain without the use of heavy and potentially addictive medications.

Contact our Vancouver chiropractor today at 360-253-6674 to discuss the best treatment options for you.

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