Headaches and Migraines

According to the latest research, 9% of men and 12% of women in the U.S. experience at least 1-2 headache episodes per month. And, more than 4% of the U.S. population suffers from frequent headaches, defined as headaches that occur at least 180 days a year. Needless to say, headaches have become a social and economic burden in the United States, as well as other parts of the world.

Scientists have identified over 300 causes for headaches. Various pain-sensitive structures and tissues including the skin, subcutaneous tissue, muscles, arteries, periosteal bone covering, and the upper cervical and facial nerves produce headaches when irritated or injured. Fortunately, only a handful of causes are responsible for the majority of headaches.

The most common of these headaches include:

  • Cervicogenic- Problems within the neck
  • Muscle Tension- Neck and Upper back muscular spasms
  • Post Traumatic- Following head/neck trauma, i.e. whiplash
  • Drug induced- From analgesic overuse
  • Migraines
  • Cluster

Our heal program and chiropractic care has successfully helped many of individuals everyday obtain safe, effective, long-term relief from their headaches. This is because most headaches have a spinal, muscular, or habitual component which the chiropractor has been trained to identify and treat. In fact, surveys show that 10-25% of patients initiate chiropractic care for the relief of headaches.

“If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away?  There is a better alternative.

Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used (1). Also, a 2011 JMPT study found that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches(2).”  ~ American Chiropractic Association

“Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.” ~ McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001), Duke Evidence Report

I started working for Dr. Vargas in October of 2019. Previously, I was not aware of how much chiropractic care can change your body and your life! I have had chronic migraines since I was 13 years old, as well as dealing with low energy. My doctor would prescribe me different types of medication, all of them causing me to have uneasy side-effects. I started getting adjusted by Dr. Vargas and started noticing changes not even a month in of my treatment! It is now April 2020, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a migraine!

-Jordan Bowen

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