Headache Relief in Overland Park, KS
Ahead of neck pain, and back pain, headaches are the most common reason that American adults visit their doctor. They are bad for productivity too, as 250 million work days – at a cost of around 25 billion dollars – are lost every year to headaches.
Headaches come in many shapes and sizes. They are rarely immediately serious or life-threatening but some are so painful that it may feel to the sufferer like there is something very wrong, and if they are a regular occurrence any type of headache can easily become life-impacting.
Because they are so very common headaches have created an ever-growing market for medications designed to treat headaches. The problem is, that as is the case for many uses of pain medication, they do not treat the cause at all, merely mask the symptoms and dull the pain for a short while. Relying on pain medications – even those as seemingly harmless as aspirin and ibuprofen – to ‘fix’ your headaches does not address the underlying causes and can have unwanted effects on liver and kidney function.
Chiropractic for Headaches
In many cases, the alignment of the neck is very important for headache relief. When the vertebra in the neck get misaligned, it can exert pressure on the local nerves, ligaments, and muscles and lead to, among other things, frequent headaches.
A large body of recent research has shown that the most common types of headaches do seem to respond very well to chiropractic treatment. Effective treatment of spinal subluxations – joints that are out of alignment, don’t move well and also irritate the nerves – provides effective, lasting relief.
Needle-less Acupuncture for Headaches
Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old healing art that has refined into the modern acupuncture that is practiced today. Specific skin points are used to treat headaches and bring relief, and this can be especially effective when used in conjunction with chiropractic care.
Acupuncture can also be used to treat stress, one of the main causes for tight muscles in our necks and shoulders that can lead to headaches. Most acupuncture points for headaches are located on the hands and ears, meaning that this treatment is easily accessible for headache relief. Needle-less acupuncture is comfortable and painless and ideal for those with a fear of needles!
Posture Correction for Headaches
It is no secret that we spend more time looking down today than we did in the past. With the advent of hand-held technology, more and more people look down at their devices for extended periods. The problem is that this puts a strain on your neck and over time can even change the shape of your neck. At Nigus Chiropractic we offer corrective exercises that are used in conjunction with chiropractic care to help with neck stability and bring headache relief.
Trigger Point Therapy
In some cases, it is primarily tight muscles that are contributing to the frequency and severity of a patient’s headaches. Most trigger points are also located in the same spot as important acupuncture points. It makes sense then that we use a variety of soft tissue techniques to help trigger points relax and bring headache relief.
If headaches are making your everyday life a misery, call or contact us today to book a free consult with Nigus Chiropractic to discover more about the treatment options best suited to address – not cover up – your unique headache pain.
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