Headache & Migraine Treatment in Vista
Our chiropractic team is here to help you relieve the pain from chronic headaches and migraines. Chronic headaches and migraines can be absolutely debilitating. They can interfere with your normal daily activities and make people miserable. Fortunately, chiropractic care has been shown to be an effective treatment for headaches and migraines.
The definition of migraine is a debilitating headache that last anywhere from four hours up to three days or more. They are often accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, blurred vision, weakness on one side of the body (hemiplegia), numbness in extremities (paresthesia) and difficulty speaking (dysphasia). The most common type of migraine is called hemiplegic migraine where there is also paralysis which affects the whole side of the body affected.
Common Causes of Headaches & Migraines
Health conditions and lifestyle play a major role in dealing with ongoing headaches and migraines. Common causes for headaches and migraines include:
- Lack of sleep
- Cervical spine displacement or subluxation
- Chemical irritants or sensitivities in the environment, foods, or medications
- Poor posture
- Trauma to the head, neck, face, eyes, sinuses, jaw or teeth
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Heavy eating
Some migraine causes can be treated through lifestyle changes, while others require medical intervention. In most cases, a Chiropractor can help you identify the primary cause of your headaches and build a customized treatment plan to help you eliminate your headaches and migraines.
Types of Headaches & Migraines
There are several different types of headaches that you can experience. The pain associated can vary based on the cause of your headache and the type of headache you are experiencing.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They are characterized by a dull, aching pain that is typically felt on both sides of the head and some patients say it feels like a vise around their head. Tension headaches can be caused by a number of factors, such as stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, and poor posture.
Cluster headaches are a rare but severe type of headache that often occurs in clusters. They are most commonly felt on one side of the head, and are accompanied by other symptoms such as redness in the eyes, runny nose, and facial sweating. Cluster headaches can last from a few minutes to three hours, and can occur several times a day.
A sinus headache is a type of headache that is caused by inflammation or infection in the sinuses. Sinus headaches are typically characterized by pain and pressure in the forehead, cheeks, and around the eyes. They can be accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, facial swelling, and a greenish-yellow discharge from the nose.
A stress headache is a type of headache that is caused by stress. Stress headaches are typically characterized by a dull, aching, often clamping like pain that is felt on both sides of the head. They can be caused by a number of factors, such as stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, poor posture, and even a pinched nerve in the upper neck from spinal misalignment.
How Chiropractors Treat Headaches in Vista
Chiropractors help people who have headaches and migraines by identifying the root cause of the head pain and building a treatment plan accordingly. Sometimes this can include lifestyle changes, while most of the time, this includes delivering chiropractic adjustments to the upper neck and or jaw. Dr. Elliott even finds that delivering his Y-strap traction treatments (Y axis traction from The Pettibon system) or Spinal Decompression (computerized traction) to be very helpful.
Chiropractors use a hands-on approach to adjusting the spine and neck. They use their hands to apply a gentle pressure and manipulation to the vertebrae that are out of alignment. This helps to restore the alignment of the spine and relieve tension or pressure on the nerves or soft tissues that may be causing the headaches or migraines.
Chiropractic Care for Headaches in Vista
If you’re experiencing headaches in Vista, call our office today to speak with a friendly member of our staff. We’ll help schedule you an appointment to find out the cause of your head pain and identify which treatment plan will work best for you.
You do not have to live with headaches. Book an appointment today with our Chiropractic team in Vista.