What You Need to Know about Headache & Migraine Treatment
At Long Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, we work with a number of Smithtown residents who need relief from headaches and migraines. Left untreated, these painful conditions can really impact your quality of life. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help.
What Are Headaches and Migraines?
Most people are familiar with general headaches, also known as tension or stress headaches. If you suffer from tension headaches, you may notice:
- A tightness or aching of the head
- Knots of pain behind the eyes
- Pain that builds slowly
These headaches may last a few hours, but can strike daily for months.
Migraines are also highly painful, but they have other distinct symptoms. You may have experienced:
- Intense, throbbing head pain
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Visual distortions like flashes of light or blurry spots in your vision right before an attack
Some people rarely get migraines, while others suffer from these painful attacks every week.
What Causes Headaches and Migraines?
Tension headaches are often caused by stress, bad spinal posture, or a combination of both. They may also be caused by whiplash. Whiplash can cause lingering damage to the muscles of your neck.
Migraines occur when the blood vessels to the brain constrict, leading to increased blood pressure and pain. Sometimes this happens due to triggers such as eating certain food. Other times, they seem to happen without any clear cause. Migraines run in families, so genetics may be involved.
Your Headache & Migraine Management Options
If you suffer from tension headaches, try to reduce daily stress. Exercise can strengthen the muscles of your back and neck to reduce headaches caused by muscle stress. Finally, consider an orthopedic chair and other supports to keep your spine at a healthy posture.
Migraine headaches vary from person to person. When a migraine hits, you may want to jot down what you think has triggered it. This can help you avoid triggers in the future. Good nutrition, getting enough sleep, and otherwise taking care of your health can also help prevent migraines.
When headaches occur, a chiropractor has a number of treatment options to work with. These include:
- Addressing subluxations along the spinal column
- Using trigger points in the neck, shoulders, and back to relieve pain
- Advising you on complementary treatments such as taking hot baths or getting a massage
- Educating you on prevention strategies
Your Smithtown Chiropractor
At Long Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, PLLC, we have years of experience helping people manage a variety of painful conditions. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for your stress headaches and migraines.