Whether you struggle with migraines or suffer from another type of chronic headache, the pain is real. Chronic headache pain disrupts your life and can make even simple tasks a challenge.
The good news is that noninvasive chiropractic care at Pro Rehab Chiropractic and Rehabilitation can help ease your pain. At nine locations throughout Delaware, our chiropractic providers specialize in correcting the underlying problems that trigger headaches.
Our team created this informative guide to explain the ins and outs of how chiropractic care helps ease headache pain. Read on to learn more.
How can chiropractic care help my head pain?
Most people think of chiropractic care for back pain, not headaches. But when your body is in proper alignment, it reduces pressure on your sensitive nerves and joints. The result is that your entire body feels better, including your head.
More specifically, your spinal column shields the nerves that send pain signals and connect your brain to the rest of your body. When each vertebra is where it belongs, your risk decreases for these nerves becoming irritated and communicating pain to your head and other locations.
Chiropractic care is growing in popularity as a treatment modality for chronic headaches because it’s effective and safe.
What does chiropractic care for headaches look like?
Because your treatment depends on the root cause of your headache, there isn’t a universal chiropractic headache treatment. Instead, your provider at Pro Rehab determines the underlying cause of your pain and recommends customized treatments based on your unique needs.
For example, lasting trauma from a car accident or other injury may mean misaligned vertebrae are triggering your pain. Or if you have facial, jaw, and neck pain along with your headache, a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder may be the cause.
In each instance, different treatments help restore your body and ease your headache pain. And while the exact nature of your chiropractic care may vary, there are common reasons why chiropractic works, including:
Corrects spinal dysfunctions
Chiropractic treatment may include adjustments to key joints in your neck and back. Dysfunctional positioning of the bones in your neck can lead to nerve interference, which can trigger or contribute to headache pain.
By addressing dysfunction in your neck and spine, chiropractic treatment eases tension and swelling that affect nerves in your head and neck. Your provider at Pro Rehab assesses your condition and applies treatments to improve function in your spine.
It’s well known that stress can trigger headaches. But did you know it can aggravate existing headaches, making them last longer and occur more frequently?
Generalized stress causes tension in your muscles and soft tissues. This added tension can contribute to your headaches and increase head pain. Chiropractic treatments release hormones like oxytocin and neurotensin that reduce pain and help your body relax.
In addition, your Pro Rehab provider looks at physical stressors. For example, misalignments that cause you to stand, sit, or move in ways that stress your body’s muscles and soft tissues can also cause or contribute to headaches.
By addressing these problems, you’re less likely to experience the tension and stress that cause headache pain.
Learn more about how chiropractic care can ease headache pain by meeting with one of our experts at Pro Rehab. Call the office in Wilmington, Newark, Bear/Glasgow, Pike Creek, Christiana, Dover, or Lewes/Rehoboth, Delaware, or book your appointment online today.