Do you suffer from chronic headaches? Chiropractic treatment can help ease your pain. Our Broken Arrow, OK, chiropractors, Dr. R. Brent Newcomb and Dr. Doug Newcom, explain how you can benefit from a trip to the chiropractor.
What causes headaches?
Some types of headaches can be traced to a particular event, such as whiplash following a car accident or neck strain from weightlifting. Often, the cause of your pain isn't readily apparent, although your posture can play a role in some types of headaches.
During working hours, many people contort their bodies into positions that strain the muscles or bones. If your job requires repetitive movements or long hours in front of a computer, you may be more likely to suffer from headaches. Frequent use of smartphones and iPads can also contribute to the problem. When you tilt your head to view your digital device, the muscles in your neck and upper body tighten, increasing the chance that you'll develop a headache.
How can chiropractic treatment help me?
Over-the-counter pain medications may temporarily relieve your headaches, but the pain will return unless you treat the source of the problem. For example, some headaches occur if your spine is misaligned. Misalignments can irritate the nerves and blood vessels, cause tension in your muscles and make it more difficult for your neck to adequately support your head. As a result, you'll experience headache pain.
Chiropractic adjustments improve spinal alignment, relieving your painful symptoms. Adjustments, also called spinal manipulations, ease muscle tightness, improve blood circulation and promote healing. Irritated nerves can be a factor in some types of headaches. Spinal adjustments reduce pressure on your nerves and not only reduce headache pain but may also prevent future headaches.
During your visit to our Broken Arrow office, we may recommend a few other treatments that will help you feel better, such as ice and heat therapy, electrotherapy, ultrasound treatments, myofascial release and Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). These treatments loosen tight muscles and trigger the release of endorphins, your body's natural painkillers. In addition to chiropractic treatments and other therapies, we may also recommend exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your neck and offer tips on posture that will help reduce stress on your spine and neck.
Relieve your chronic headaches with chiropractic treatment. Call our Broken Arrow, OK, chiropractors, Drs. Doug and Brent Newcomb, at (918) 251-4239 to schedule your appointment.