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Migraines/Headaches

Everest Medical Group

Multidisciplinary Medical Center located in Mesa, AZ

About 14% of adults have migraines or severe headaches, and another 10% have weekly tension headaches. When you have intense or recurring headaches, consider seeing Dr. Ty Ruddell and Dr. David Vicena at Everest Medical Group. They provide chiropractic treatments that effectively relieve the pain and help prevent future headaches from developing. To schedule an appointment, call their office in Mesa, Arizona, or use the online booking feature.

Migraines/Headaches Q & A

Why should you seek chiropractic treatment for migraines and other headaches?

There are several types of headaches, and each one has various causes and characteristics. As a result, over-the-counter pain relievers don’t work for all of them.

Chiropractic treatment, however, effectively relieves headache pain, reduces their frequency, and may provide long-term relief of migraines and cervicogenic headaches.

What types of headaches improve with chiropractic care?

While all headaches can benefit from chiropractic care, three types especially benefit from treatment with chiropractic techniques:

Migraine headaches

Migraines are one of the most painful headaches you can experience.

The pain usually starts as an ache and builds into intense pain. It may stay on one side of the head or spread to the other side, and it lasts from four hours up to six days.

During that time, you’ll have other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light, sounds, smell, or touch.

Factors such as stress, fatigue, caffeine, changes in the weather, or missing a meal usually trigger migraines.

Tension headaches

Stress, anxiety, and fatigue usually cause tension headaches. These headaches are typically felt in your forehead or both temples, where the pain is dull, and its severity stays constant.

Cervicogenic headaches

This type of headache is different from typical headaches because the pain begins in the bones and soft tissues of your neck, then radiates to your head. It’s accompanied by limited neck movement, discomfort in your shoulder and arm, and pain that’s triggered when you move.

What types of chiropractic treatments are used to treat headaches?

The doctors at Everest Medical Group are experienced providers of many different chiropractic modalities.

After a thorough examination and a determination of the type of headache you experience, your provider creates a customized treatment plan to meet your health needs. In many cases, spinal adjustments eliminate misalignments that contribute to headaches, while trigger therapy relieves headaches that arise from tense, knotted muscles.

Your treatment may include any of the following techniques:

  • Spinal mobilization
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Spinal decompression
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Exercise to promote relaxation
  • Posture and ergonomic evaluation

Your doctor may also evaluate your diet and nutritional status. Some foods, or lack of food, can trigger headaches. Nutritional deficiencies may also cause headaches. They might also recommend a diet plan or supplements, if necessary.