For some, headaches are a debilitating part of everyday life. When headaches interfere with your normal everyday life, it is time to seek treatment. Over the counter medications are usually not enough for severe headaches. Stronger medications, although sometimes effective, usually carry with them their own harsh side effects. There is an alternative. At Dr. Llaird Likens Chiropractic Center, serving Navarre, FL, we can help you deal with headache pain in a natural, drug-free way.
Why Choose Chiropractic for Headaches?
Many of the various types of headaches, including migraines, are caused by misalignment of the spine. Tension headaches and other types of headaches which start in the neck, can be very effectively treated through spinal manipulation in our chiropractic office.
Spinal manipulation brings the spine back into alignment so that blood can flow more evenly into the brain. Alignment of the spine is also helpful in keeping the blood vessels in the neck and head properly expanded. Blood vessel constriction can cause the throbbing which most people experience during a headache. Spinal manipulation helps to regulate blood flow, thus dilating these vessels in a healthier way.
Other Ways a Chiropractor Can Help
In addition to spinal manipulation, our chiropractor can also offer other forms of treatment for headaches and migraines as well. Speaking with our chiropractic team can help you identify headache triggers which may be contributing to your pain. Headache triggers can include foods, environmental stressors, allergies, and even certain behaviors. In many cases, a headache is a warning signal for another issue. Our team can help you evaluate your lifestyle in order to identify these issues.
Massage therapy is another form of treatment that is often useful in treating headaches. Many headaches are a result of stress. Massage therapy can help to reduce the stress and muscle tension which accompanies it.
Start Headache Prevention Today
In addition to chiropractic treatment, there are steps you can take right now to begin to reduce the severity of headaches. Limit the amount of time you spend in one fixed position. If you work in an office setting, make sure you get up often for stretching. It is recommended that you change your position every 30 minutes to an hour.
Adding moderate exercise into your daily life can also help to improve blood flow, thus reducing the likelihood of headaches.
Work on relieving stress through breathing exercises, meditation, or stretching. Taking time each day to shed stress provides many health-boosting benefits.
Staying hydrated is also a very important part of headache prevention. One of the first symptoms of dehydration is headache. Aim to drink around 48 oz of water a day.
If you would like to learn more about headache treatment and prevention, contact our staff at Dr. Llaird Likens Chiropractic Center serving Navarre, FL, today.