Chiropractors have gained a solid reputation over the years as professionals who manually readjust or realign a patient’s spine in order to relieve pain. They are a part of the healthcare profession seen as alternative medicine, and they’ve been in the public eye for decades now, with great focus on what they do and whether or not their techniques work for their sole purpose of reducing their client’s pain. Chiropractors have in recent years come into the spotlight for the work they do with headache patients.
Chronic headaches take a toll on a person’s life out outlook, as well as their everyday functionality. When traditional medicine fails to relieve pain, many patients are either referred to a chiropractor or take it upon themselves to seek one out. That’s because millions of people do report that they get pain relief from the help of a chiropractor, and when more traditional methods fail, people often find that a chiropractor can help.
Help For Headaches
Tension headaches and/or headaches that come about because of pain from the neck region might be relieved in some way by the spinal manipulation that chiropractors perform. The majority of headaches – some 95% of them – are not the result of an underlying disease. That’s a shocking fact in itself, as most people do believe that headaches are often the sign of a serious illness. In fact, that’s true in only 5% of cases. If your doctor has ruled out a serious disease as the cause of the headaches, a chiropractor might be your next logical step.
Tension headaches and migraines triggered by things like noise or lighting are common forms of headaches. What a chiropractor can do for these headaches, if they are caused by tension or some form of neck condition or pain, is realign and adjust your spine so that it might reduce the occurrence of the headaches. It’s a safe and easy way to see if you can get some form of relief from headaches.
What the Chiropractor Does
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has recommendations for how to prevent headaches (if they’re not caused by an underlying disease). Since the professional association of Chiropractors has recommendations, it means they’ve been working on this problem for years. And while Chiropractors aren’t medical doctors, they are licensed practitioners of a profession that has helped millions of people cope with their everyday pain. It’s alternative medicine that has shown proven results, and results are what matter for patients experiencing painful headaches.
When chiropractors see you, they have a host of options:
- Readjust your spinal region in an effort to alleviate tension
- Make dietary or vitamin suggestions
- Speak with you about your posture and how you can get helpful devices that are ergonomic and may reduce body stress
Should You See A Chiropractor?
Medical doctors are limited in what they can do, as their professional training is focused on alleviating the symptoms of a medical illness. Headaches are one of those tricky things that often get stuck as primary, not a symptom of a disease. If your medical doctor knows you have primary headaches, there’s little they can do except offer advice. A chiropractor’s training gives them the power to actually do something – manipulate the spine – that has been successful in alleviating the headaches of some patients.
Not everyone will benefit from the expertise of a chiropractor. Many people aren’t aware that a chiropractor is known as a Doctor of Chiropractic. This means they do have a degree from an accredited chiropractic school and can even serve as primary care physicians if they want. They can even diagnose some conditions. So while they’re outside of a medical doctor, they are a doctor of what they do, and many people with headaches find that their chiropractor is a more practical solution to everyday pain problems such as migraines. If you’re trying and failing to get relief from the medical profession, it’s very possible that a chiropractor can help reduce the occurrence and pain of your headaches. Millions of people have benefited from this spinal manipulation technique and find that their headaches are less severe and occur less often. It doesn’t always work for everyone, but it might just work for you.
If you’re suffering from headaches and can’t find the help you’re looking for, we can help. Just give us a call now at 205-637-1363 to get the relief you need and deserve.