Headaches: Chiropractic vs. Medication

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Headaches: Chiropractic vs. Medication

S uffer from Headaches? Get Adjusted, not Medicated. Research shows that spinal manipulation may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.

How do you deal with a pounding headache?
Take a pill and hope it goes away? Do you clench your teeth and bear it? There’s a better option: chiropractic adjustments.

In 2001, a study at Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center found:
Spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

In 1995, study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found:
Spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.

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How Can Chiropractic Relieve Headaches?

Dr. Kaster has undergone extensive training to help his patients in many ways – not just back pain. He knows how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and he can take steps to relieve those problems.

To address your headache, Dr. Kaster may do one or more of the following:

evaluate

  • ergonomic
  • lifestyle
  • food allergies
  • postural complications

Dr. Kaster will provide recommendations to resolve these issues.

 

treatment

  • ishcemic compression
  • strain counter-strain
  • massage
  • ultrasound therapy
  • interferential current therapy
  • mobilization / adjustments
  • exercises

Tailored to correct your posture and provide regional stabilization.

 adjustments

Spinal manipulation helps relieve paraspinal musculature/zygapophysial joint tension and adhesion’s that occur to allow improved inter-segmental motion and decrease nociception.

Manipulation Under Anesthesia
Patients that suffer from cervicogenic headaches who have tried conservative chiropractic care should consider manipulation under anesthesia (MUA). The MUA procedure has helped resolve my patient’s headaches 90% of the time on average.

Learn more about about MUA.

 

mua

What Triggers Headaches?

 Physical problems cause 5% of cases:
•   foods
•   environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.)
•   behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.)

The headache itself is the primary concern in 95% of cases:
•   tension
•   migraine
•   cluster headaches

Most of these are associated with muscle tension in the neck.
Sedentary activities, fixed position, or poor posture increases joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.

Tips to Prevent Headaches

 •   Take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour.
•   Engage in low-impact exercise.
•   Avoid teeth clenching.
•   Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.



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Dr. Kaster is a trusted chiropractic physician in the Fort Myers & Naples areas. He treats auto accident injuries, back pain, headaches, etc., with nutrition and gentle, effective chiropractic care. Our licensed massage therapists are the finest in the industry, and they’ll customize massage techniques specifically to your needs for greater healing, pain relief and relaxation.

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