Chiropractic Care For Headaches

Living Life Without Headaches

How does chiropractic care help with headaches?

Migraine headaches, chronic tension-type headaches and cervicogenic headaches have all been shown to respond favorably to chiropractic adjustments. By correcting your subluxations using safe and gentle chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Casey of Birmingham Health will help restore proper function to your neck and relieve pressure on the nerves which enter the skull. Centrally located in Bluff Park, Birmingham Health treats residents of Hoover and the surrounding area.

Dr. Alex Casey of Birmingham Health will perform a thorough health history and physical examination to determine if you have vertebral subluxations, as well as any other factors which may be contributing to your headaches.

Why do I get headaches in the first place?

Headaches happen when the blood vessels and/ or nerves entering your skull are irritated.

The onset of headaches can have many contributing factors such as stress, nutritional choices and sleep habits.

These factors can often cause Vertebral Subluxation – a condition that affects the movement of your spine and ultimately the surrounding nerves which travel back into the skull.

Are headaches normal?

Headaches are very common, but definitely not normal for the human body!

  • A large study showed a staggering 38% prevalence of tension-type headache in the general population over one year period.
  • Of those affected, 8.3% lost workdays because of their headaches and 43.6% reported decreased effectiveness at work, home and school.

The cost spent annually for lost productivity and treatment is estimated to be on the billions of dollars!

Migraine headaches, chronic tension-type headaches and cervicogenic headaches have all been shown to respond favorably to chiropractic adjustments.

Headaches are common, not normal!

Headaches often originate in your neck

Headaches respond to chiropractic care

Anatomy of a Headache

The nerves in your Cervical Spine (neck) are the common link for many types of headaches. In studies, noxious stimulation of the nerve roots exiting the upper neck have been shown to elicit headaches.

Neck muscles, ligaments and connective tissue have also been shown to cause headaches.

Different types of Headaches

Dozens of sub-classes of headaches have been identified, but in general the most common types are:

  • Cervicogenic Headache – any headaches caused by structures in the neck
  • Tension-Type Headache – constant pressure, like head is being squeezed in a vice
  • Migraine Headache – severe headache with a variety of nervous system symptoms
  • Cluster Headache – recurring one-sided attacks of severe pain behind eye or temple
  • Rebound Headache – pounding headaches from caffeine or medication withdrawal
  • Sinus Headache – headache with pain and pressure around sinus cavities in face

In the run of a year, on average 38% of the population suffers from tension headaches.

How does chiropractic care help with headaches?

By correcting your subluxations using safe and gentle chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Casey will restore proper function to your neck and relieve pressure on the nerves which enter the skull.

Headaches and Chiropractic Care From Birmingham Health

How many visits will it take to get relief?

Since every individual has a different set of factors contributing to their headaches, the amount of visits necessary will vary.

  • Studies suggest that for most people, a more frequent initial course of care produces better outcomes and longer term relief.

Can’t I just take medication to help with my headaches?

Even though drugs may help temporarily relieve your symptoms, it is important to understand that they do not treat the root cause of headaches.

Suppressing your symptoms with medications also may cause undesired side effects in the long run and can be harmful to organs like the liver and kidneys.

Headache prevention

The best treatment for headaches is to not get them in the first place!

Dr. Casey can help you assess your lifestyle factors and provide specific advice to help you prevent headaches from appearing in the future.

Getting checked regularly for vertebral subluxations is essential in reducing nervous system stress as part of your preventative approach to the most common types of headaches.

Headaches cost billions in healthcare

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Birmingham Health is the local chiropractor of choice for families in Hoover and the surround areas. Conveniently located in Bluff Park, Dr. Alex Casey can help you and your entire family with non-narcotic pain relief options. Contact our friendly office today to schedule an appointment or to learn more!