Headaches don't just cause pain in your head. They also tend to make you feel tired and irritable. When they occur often, they can affect the quality of your life. Chiropractic care offers a natural way to treat headaches, even migraines or chronic headaches. Your Bethesda, MD chiropractor, Dr. Gina Beech at Bethesda Back Center, explains how chiropractic treatment can decrease headaches.
How can chiropractic care help reduce headache pain?
Chiropractic treatment moves your spinal column into the proper alignment. If your spine and neck are misaligned, nerves in your neck can become irritated and muscle tension can increase. Both irritation and increased tension can cause headaches. When your spinal column is in alignment, these issues disappear and your headaches tend to disappear or decrease.
What causes spinal misalignment?
Spinal misalignments, or subluxations as they're called by chiropractors, occur due to a variety of reasons. Although falls and injuries can cause subluxations, many people don't recall doing anything that would change the alignment of their spines. Any activity that jars your head, even slightly, could cause the problem. Sitting hunched over a desk at work for hours can cause a subluxation, as can poor posture.
What happens when I visit a chiropractor?
During your first visit to your Bethesda chiropractor, she'll want to know all about your life. She'll ask about your occupation and hobbies and will want to know if you've had any injuries that you think might be the source of your headaches. Your visit will also include a complete examination and a set of X-rays. After reviewing the information from your exam, medical history and X-rays, your chiropractor will create at treatment plan.
Spinal adjustments will probably be part of your plan. Using gentle force, your chiropractor will move your neck and spine back into alignment. She may also use other treatments to treat your headaches, such as massage, ultrasound or electrical stimulation. You'll probably feel a little better after your first visit, although it can take a few weeks or months to experience the total effects of chiropractic treatment.
Ready to learn how chiropractic care can help you get rid of annoying headaches? Call your Bethesda, MD chiropractor, Dr. Gina Beech at Bethesda Back Center, at (301) 897-8500 and make an appointment today. Say goodbye to headaches with chiropractic treatment!