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Struggling with Headaches or Migraines?

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Try chiropractic care for headache and migraine relief! Learn more below and call one of our convenient locations in Ellicott City or Clarksville today to schedule an appointment.


Headache

Headaches affect almost half of the population. Fifteen to twenty percent of all headaches arise from problems in the neck and are classified as "cervicogenic headache." The most common trigger for cervicogenic headache is limited movement of the joints in your upper cervical spine. Normally, each of the joints in your neck move freely and independently. Sometimes, restrictions in the upper cervical spine initiate a painful cycle of stiffness, muscle tightness and joint inflammation. This may cause radiating pain from sensitive nerves leading from your neck into the back of your head.

Cervicogenic headaches are most commonly one-sided, but occasionally may be present on both sides of the head. Pain often radiates from the base of your skull toward the top of your head and sometimes over your eyes. In rare instances, the pain may travel into your arm. These headache episodes may last from hours to days. The pain is continuous but fluctuating and is often described as "deep." You may also notice chronic neck tenderness and stiffness.

Cervicogenic headache symptoms may be triggered or reproduced by awkward movements and postures. The condition is more common in patients who have recently experienced trauma, especially a motor vehicle accident or an earlier concussion. Cervicogenic headaches are sometimes accompanied by poor posture, including a "slouched" or "forward head" posture often associated with sitting at a computer.

Since cervicogenic headaches result from a mechanical problem, medicines are often ineffective. Fortunately, our office has several tools to help solve this problem.


Chiropractic Care for Headaches

The kind of treatment for headaches you need will depend on what is causing the problem. Your chiropractor and their team will work diligently to find the source of your headaches and provide advice on how best to treat it. Each year millions of dollars are spent treating headaches with aspirin and other drugs. While this may help in some cases, it only treats the symptoms, not the source of the problem. With a little time and effort, a chiropractor will be able to find the source of the problem and offer advice on how to deal with it, which can help you prevent the need for headache medications.  Chiropractic care may include gentle joint manipulation to restore movement to your neck, Stretching and rehabilitative exercise.

Don't suffer needlessly with headaches and migraines. At Morrison Chiropractic our team can help you understand your condition and offer the best treatment. Contact us at any time and ask any questions that you may have.


MIGRAINE HEADACHE

Migraines and headaches affect far too many people. If you're not sure if you have had a migraine or not, then chances are you probably haven't. The pain has been described as mind numbing and leaves many sufferers unable to function. Traditional medical science relies on medication for this issue in most cases, but for many patients that is not the long-term solution. In these cases, it's important to find the source of what’s causing the problem. Our team offers the best chiropractic care for migraines and headaches.

A "migraine" is an intense throbbing headache that may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or noise. Adult women are three times more likely than men to experience migraines. Migraine headaches are caused by a combination of nerve irritation and enlargement of the blood vessels in your brain. Migraines tend to run in families. Migraines are set off by "triggers" and the headache occurs when the number of triggers reaches a critical threshold. This can be likened to a glass of water that overflows at a certain point. Known triggers include: neck tightness, stress, smoking, strong odors (i.e. perfumes), bright or flickering lights, fluorescent lighting, too little or much sleep, head trauma, weather changes, motion sickness, cold (ice cream headaches), lack of activity or exercise, overexertion, fatigue, eyestrain, dehydration, hunger, fasting, and hormonal changes, including menstruation and ovulation. Certain medications, including hormones or oral contraceptives are known triggers.


CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR MIGRAINES

Chiropractors know and understand how the nervous systems can impact and influence the body and have been providing relief from headaches and migraines for more than 100 years. Most people do not realize that a chiropractor could help with this type of symptom, but it has been shown that chiropractic care is effective at helping people with both headaches and migraines.

The kind of treatment for headaches you need will depend on what is causing the problem. Your chiropractor and their team will work diligently to find the source of your migraine and provide advice on how best to treat it. Each year millions of dollars are spent treating headaches with aspirin and other drugs. While this may help in some cases, it only treats the symptoms, not the source of the problem. With a little time and effort, a chiropractor will be able to find the source of the problem and offer advice on how to deal with it, which can help you prevent the need for headache medications.

Your doctor may also talk to you about supplements like Feverfew(125mg/ day), Riboflavin (400mg/ day), Magnesium (400-600mg/ day)and Co-enzyme Q10(100mg 3x per day) that have been helpful in preventing headaches for some migraine sufferers. The American Headache Society recommends that patients avoid overuse of medication to control their headaches, (no more than 2 doses per day, 2 days/week) as this can lead to more frequent "rebound" headaches. Do not begin or discontinue any new vitamins or medications without talking to your doctor first, especially if you are nursing or pregnant.

Don't suffer needlessly with headaches and migraines. At Morrison Chiropractic our team can help you understand your condition and offer the best treatment. Contact us at any time and ask any questions that you may have.

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