How Chiropractors Help People Who Suffer From Headaches
If you are among the 5 million Canadians ( or 45 million Americans who suffer headaches ) regularly, you are undoubtedly familiar with the traditional methods that people use to treat them, including taking some type of over the counter medication that is supposed to eliminate the pain and reduce any associated swelling. There are many other types of treatment that you may have attempted as well, including taking pharmaceutical concoctions designed to treat pain. However, none of these solutions provide permanent relief that addresses the problem at the core.
In the past few decades, there has been an increasing number of patients throughout the country that have begun to seek alternative forms of therapy for all types of conditions, including headaches. One form of treatment that is very promising for physical as well as other types of pain is chiropractic.
This form of complementary care has been used successfully for over a hundred years and has become a regular part of the Canadian healthcare delivery system. In fact, employee benefit plans include chiropractic and are willing to pay for it because of its effectiveness and scientific validity.
When a person goes to college to learn about chiropractic, they begin by studying the human anatomy in great detail, just like other medical professionals. However, in addition to looking at how all of the parts work together physically, their training primarily revolves around the diagnosis and treatment of fixation or abnormalities of motion in the spine.
These motion abnormalities can compress nerve tissue that affects organ function, soft tissue like muscle, ligaments and tendons, and can eventually manifest as other health problems if not treated.
Once the nerves are disrupted pain will result. While it usually manifests itself as physical pain, this is not always the case. In some instances, the person may experience difficulties with sleep or other routine habits.
On the first visit with a chiropractor, a review of previous health issues will be completed, including referral for x-rays (if needed) to determine exactly where the problem is occurring. They will listen to the patient attentively and make an assessment, including determining what types of treatment will best suit the patient.
In the case of headaches, the patient usually has restriction (or fixation) in the cervical spine. This may be accompanied by muscles that are unduly tight in the neck, shoulders and nearby areas. Pressure on the nerves may cause sharp stabbing pains or there may be a continual dull throb in the region.
The chiropractor will assess the area and then move forward with treatment known as a chiropractic adjustment in order to relieve the pressure and pain. Dr. Strudwick’s approach is to address the soft tissue problems as well in treatment. The relief is usually instantaneous, with an increase in range of motion of the neck and reduction of symptoms.
However, chiropractors don’t just focus on relieving symptoms but rather correcting the problem; therefore, additional treatments will follow to help correct the cause. In addition, the chiropractor will take the time to educate you on the importance of chiropractic, especially if you’ve never been to one before.
If you need further help with your headaches or are ready to see how beneficial chiropractic care can be to your overall health, please give us a call so that you can schedule an appointment with our Doctor of Chiropractic.
Dr. Mark Strudwick is a third-generation chiropractor in Victoria, B.C.