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Headaches / Migraine Treatment

Dr. Belinda Eddy and Dr. Ewen Macaulay DC

Headaches / migraine Specialist

According to NCBI studies, approximately 95% of the world’s population has had headaches at some point in their lives. The most noticeable symptom of a headache is usually pain. This can manifest as throbbing, constant, sharp, or dull sensations felt in the head or face.

While many people believe that the brain triggers headaches, it is the muscles, joints, and blood vessels around the head and neck that trigger a headache. Many headaches stem from dysfunctional neck joints which chiropractic care can treat.  

Chiropractic adjustments are an excellent migraine cure for patients seeking a natural and drug-free approach. On this page, we will discuss causes, symptoms, and headache treatment options available at our  Lynnwood chiropractic clinic. Call us today at (425) 742–7772 to book an appointment.

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Symptoms of headaches

Headaches are often accompanied by more than just a pain in the head and neck. Much of the time headaches are also associated with nausea, light sensitivity, eye pain, jaw pain,  fatigue, and decreased concentration.

The common headache symptoms include:

  • Depression, anxiety, and irritation
  • Random episodes of vomiting and nausea
  • Pain behind one ear or eye
  • Pain in the temples
  • Hallucinations (in severe cases)
  • Seeing spots or flashing lights
  • Temporary vision loss
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound

Causes of headaches

There are two causes of headaches, internal and external factors. The internal factors are dysfunction within the cervical (neck) spine, neurological conditions, vision problems, certain types of infections and hormonal changes. Whereas the external factors are all things that are outside your body. Smoking, poor diet, dehydration, allergies, caffeine, stress, alcohol and extended computer usage can all increase  or predispose you to getting headaches.

These different causes can lead to different headache types. Examples are hypnic headache, cluster headache, thunderclap headache, tension headache, and menstrual migraine.

Long term problems due to Untreated headaches

When headaches become a chronic issue they can become a problem for more than just your physical wellbeing. When left untreated headaches can lead to depression, chronic fatigue, and decreased ambition. It can become a problem for your social life, love life, and work.

Temporary pain relief for headaches

Temporary relief of headaches is most commonly treated with NSAIDs, but this is just masking the problem. Magnesium, a routine sleep cycle, proper diet and exercise can all abate the symptoms of headaches.

Chiropractic Treatment for headaches

Treatments for headaches often lies within the cervical (neck) spine, with the help from x-rays and videofluoroscopy (motion xray) your chiropractic can assess the structure and function of your cervical (neck) spine. They will then correct the dysfunction utilizing chiropractic adjustments that are specific to your needs.

Is the spine the source of all headaches?

The spine is not the source of all headaches, but the vast majority of headaches stem from the neck region. Some headaches can be food related, come from infection, and other neurological problems. But a good first step is making sure that your cervical spine is functioning properly.

Does medical insurance cover for headache treatments?

Treatment for headaches and migraines with chiropractic care is covered under medical insurance.

What causes subluxations?

Subluxations of fixations within the spine can be caused by many different factors. Traumas and toxins are two of the most common reasons for fixations within the spine.

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