Headaches and Migraines are one of the more common conditions that enter the offices of primary care physicians, including medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic. The standard medical treatment revolves around the use of pharmaceuticals and/or injections which at best covers up the symptoms but causes many side effects. Many patients report being too sedated by the medications that they can’t work or perform their normal daily activities.
The standard chiropractic treatment approach includes manual therapies such as spinal manipulation or adjustments, manual or mechanical cervical traction, mobilization techniques, trigger point therapy, therapies such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc., and nutritional counseling. While both approaches have pros and cons, there are far less negative side effects associated with the chiropractic treatment option.
Headaches are Generally Classified in 2 Categories:
Primary Headaches: These include the migraine, tension-type and cluster headaches.
Secondary headaches are the result of some other condition or due to an injury after a car accident or slip and fall injury, due an infection, a sinus, jaw, and/or dental condition, a vascular injury such as stroke, even side effects from medications, psychiatric disorder and others.
Do you find yourself frequently utilizing over-the-counter medications such as an anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen: Advil, Nuprin; Naprosyn such as Aleve) or Tylenol,?
It is most likely the chiropractic approach will provide relief for your headaches. Most headache patients have the vertebrae in the upper neck lose their normal range of motion and the muscles that attach to the base of the skull become overly tight and squeeze or compress the nerves feeding into the head. This results in pain that radiates over the top or around the head, sometimes into the eyes. Conservative Gentle Chiropractic care restores the vertebral range of motion, which in turn reduces the muscle tension and subsequent nerve compression, resulting in a reduction of headache pain!
If you’ve noticed stiffness in your neck, and tight muscles that when you push on them, it irritates the headache, that is a significant sign that the headaches are caused by misalignments or subluxation in the neck. Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained to detect and correct these misalignments.
If you suffer with headaches and would like to end the suffering, contact our office, Hometown Family Wellness Center, located in Freehold, NJ and check out our website at www.chiropractorfreehold.com. Dr. Russell Brokstein has been providing quality, gentle chiropractic treatments for over 13 years helping patients from Freehold, Marlboro, Manalapan, Morganville, Jackson, Colts Neck, Howell and many other communities in Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey.
And don’t forget – if you have any family member or friends who suffer from headaches or migraines – share this information with them. Chiropractic has over an 80% success rate helping headache patients.. all without the side effects of drugs and allowing patients to once again enjoy their family, activities and work. We will do our best for you and all your loved ones!