Can A Chiropractor Help With Headaches?

Chronic headaches can impact your ability to effectively perform regular daily activities. Over-the-counter medications can temporarily relieve pain, but do not treat the underlying cause. Chiropractic treatments get to the root cause of your headaches to provide long-term relief. Dr. Gina Beech, the skilled chiropractor at Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD, treats headaches using a variety of chiropractic methods and techniques.

Types of Headaches

Headaches are not all the same. They can have different causes and symptoms. Types of headaches include:

  • Tension — This is the most common type of headache and is often triggered by stress. These headaches generate the sensation of a band tightening around the head.
  • Cluster — Cluster headaches are rare, but the most severe and tend to occur in groups. They are associated with piercing pain behind one of the eyes and constant throbbing head pain. 
  • Cervicogenic — These are secondary headaches that develop as a result of an underlying condition, such as neck pain. The pain usually starts in the neck and then extends to one side of the face and head.
  • Migraines — This type of headache is severe and can be debilitating. Migraines are characterized by persistent pounding or throbbing pain that can persist for many days.

Chiropractic Treatments for Headaches 

We utilize several chiropractic methods and techniques for treating and managing headaches at our office in Bethesda, MD. Methods include electrical stimulation, manual therapy, and rehabilitation. Manual therapy is one of the most commonly used chiropractic techniques for treating headaches. It involves manipulation of the spine, muscles, tissues, ligaments, and nerves to ensure the body is in proper alignment. 

One reason headaches sometimes occur is because the body is out of alignment. Pinched nerves, muscle tension, and other alignment issues can trigger headaches. Manual therapy is extremely effective in reducing headaches due to alignment issues, particularly cervicogenic and tension headaches. In addition to correcting alignment, manual therapy also reduces swelling, improves joint mobility, and increases food flow, which helps reduce headaches.

Finally, as part of treatment, our chiropractor also provides recommendations for specific lifestyle changes that can reduce the occurrence and severity of headaches. For instance, using ergonomic equipment to improve posture helps reduce muscle tension and inflammation, which can decrease the frequency and severity of headaches.

There are several ways a chiropractor can help with headaches, including reducing the frequency and severity of them. For the treatment of headaches in Bethesda, MD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Beech by calling Bethesda Back Center at (301) 897-8500.

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  • "This was written on a yelp review of Dr. Beech. "This review of Dr. Gina Beech comes very easy to write. She is ot just a talented chiropractor, but she is also caring and generous with her patients. Her practice is pleasantly informal. It is a community. Everyone is friendly and dedicated to helping patients.
    I am a veterinary chiropractor and Dr. Beech's approach to patient care is similar to mine. I appreciate her combination of modalities: e-stim, ultrasound, and osseous adjustments. When needed, she will also recommend nutraceuticals such as Standard Process supplements.
    My work is often very physical and Dr. Beech keeps me running well. I am now seeing her almost weekly for my tune-ups. I find her care necessary and invaluable. I always feel great after treatment."
    Leanne L.
  • "Dr. Beech runs a great practice. She and her staff are accommodating and personable, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for patients. I've had a wonderful experience going here. Dr. Beech provides excellent, effective treatment and I feel like I am in good hands when undergoing therapy for my neck/upper back injury. Moreover, there is little to no waiting time to go in to see the doctor when coming in to the office for an appointment, which is nice. Most importantly, I know I am receiving the right care and course of treatment needed to heal. I highly recommend Bethesda Back Center."
    Sue B.
  • "I have been going to Dr. Beech for about eight years. When you enter her office, you are treated as if you are a friend entering her home. The atmosphere is friendly and laid back. Sometimes she personally answers phone call and e-mails. I have never experienced that with any other doctor. She spends as much time as she considers necessary with her patients. unlike many doctors who seem to be in a rush to see their next patient."
    Mark G.