If you are struggling with recurring headaches and migraines, you are not alone. Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. While some headaches can be managed with an over-the-counter medication, for many more Americans, these chronic headaches are incredibly debilitating and no single pill can manage their pain or stop their recurrence. At NJ Spine and Wellness, our Matawan chiropractor combines the latest chiropractic adjustment techniques with nutritional counseling to safely relieve headache pain and reduce the occurrence of headaches.
Matawan Chiropractor Treats Headaches & Migraines: No Drugs Necessary!
Matawan chiropractic adjustments help to improve spinal function by alleviating stress on the spinal system, which in turn reduces the likelihood for headaches and migraines. According to research from the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center, chiropractic adjustments deliver a near immediate improvement for patients with chronic headache pain. Chiropractic care has fewer side effects and delivers longer lasting pain relief than over-the-counter medications.
A cervical spine misalignment is a common trigger for headache pain. When the cervical spine is out of alignment, it places pressure on nearby nerves and muscles, including the rectus capitis posterior minor (RCPM) muscle. RCPM muscle spasms are associated with increased headaches. Our Matawan chiropractor uses gentle, hands-on adjustments to safely restore proper alignment to the cervical spine, reducing pressure on the RCPM. Chiropractic adjustments support a healthy spine, which is key to good posture. Proper posture helps relieve joint irritation and tension in the neck and upper back, a contributing factor for headaches.
Massage therapy is also beneficial for managing pain associated with headaches & migraines. Migraine pain is linked with the constriction of blood vessels in the brain. Current research suggests that blockages in the craniosacral fluid may trigger muscle inflammation and tightness, which in turn aggravates migraine pain. Massage can improve circulation and release tension, which helps to reduce the frequency and strength of migraine pain.
In addition to Matawan chiropractic care, our Matawan chiropractor also provides lifestyle and nutritional counseling services to address and eliminate root causes for headaches. For example, common migraine triggers include certain food additives (nitrites, nitrates and MSG), aged cheeses and wine, caffeine (either excess intake or withdrawal), and alcohol. Skipped meals, bright or flickering lights, excessive noise, certain medications, dehydration, and even weather changes can increase the likelihood for migraines. Our chiropractor works closely with patients to identify specific triggers and take steps to reduce or eliminate these triggers. For example, the addition of B complex vitamins may be beneficial.
Headaches & migraines can have a serious impact on your quality of life. The good news is that there are effective alternatives to relying on medication for pain management. Matawan chiropractic adjustments, together with complementary therapies and nutritional counseling, not only provide immediate pain relief, but also help to reduce the occurrence of headaches & migraines in the first place.
To learn more about how chiropractic care for headache and migraine pain management, call (732) 316-5895.