Headaches and migraines both involve severe pain in the head, but they are two completely different health conditions. Headaches are often short-lived, vary in intensity, and gradually go away after a few short hours. Migraines on the other hand cause extreme pain, can last for days or weeks, and may have a variety of symptoms like nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and the inability to concentrate. Migraines can be debilitating with the pain being centered deep inside the head.
Chiropractic adjustments can help to relieve the pain and discomfort of different types of headaches. Pain and inflammation in the neck can cause muscle tension and lead to various degrees of headache pain. A chiropractic adjustment accompanied with physical therapy can work to reduce inflammation and restore blood flow both to and from the head, relieving headache pain and any other discomfort that is associated with it. An adjustment takes pressure off of the nerves that may have been compromised by inflammation or an unknown injury or illness.
Stress and anxiety are common causes of headaches and neck pain. Stress and anxiety cause muscles to tighten. As they begin to stiffen, blood flow is constricted and the nerves that run through the area are also affected. Stress will often begin to settle in the muscles of the neck and the shoulders, much like the saying "carrying the weight of the world on the shoulders". When this occurs, muscle tension in the neck can eventually cause the muscles of the scalp to be affected resulting in headaches and migraines. Relieving the stress through chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce headache pain as well as decrease the frequency of migraines.
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