Migraines and Headaches
At Atlas Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in NJ, we specialize in the treatment of headaches and migraines.
Headaches are not normal, yet nine out of ten Americans experience headaches each day. If you are one of them, you are painfully aware of how incapacitating they can be. Although there are many causes of head pain, and many degrees of severity, the majority of all headaches fall into two categories: migraine headaches and tension headaches. Roughly 95% of headaches causes are due to irritation to the surrounding joints, nerves, soft tissues and blood supply in the cervical spine. Therefore, chiropractic care is proven to alleviate these irritants.
Migraine headaches are known to be the more severe of the two. Migraines affect more women than men and are sometimes preceded by an “aura” that can come in the form of altered vision and hearing. Migraines can last from hours to days, can be triggered by certain environmental or nutritional stimuli, and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and photophobia (fear of light). Suffering from migraines can plague you for a lifetime if left untreated. Unfornately, medical approaches are often inadequate, leaving those that suffer feel there is no migraine treatment available. However, many people are using Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic care to achieve relief from migraines.
Adjustments of the neck, specifically to the Atlas bone in the upper cervical region, along various ways to address the surrounding soft tissues, have been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of headaches.
There is no need to suffer from migraines, we can help. Our success rate even for those who have suffered for decades is extremely high. Contact us for more information about our treatment for headaches.
Tension headaches are usually described as a tightening band around the head and base of the neck, and are of shorter duration. According to the latest research, 9% of men and 12% of women in the U.S. experience at least 1-2 headache episodes per month. The normal frequency of experiencing headaches is less than one time per year or even never! More than 4% of the U.S. population suffers from frequent headaches, defined as headaches that occur at least 180 days a year. Yet most individuals simply mask this pain with drugs as a treatment for headaches.
Can Chiropractic Treatment really provide Migraine and Headache Relief?
What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? (Recent studies show the leading cause of liver disease in the United States is due to the overuse of over-the-counter pain relievers!) There is a better alternative for migraine headache relief. Chiropractic treatment for migraines is a drug free option.
Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic care has been changing lives for decades through the use of the Atlas Orthogonal Table Mounted Precision Adjusting Instrument. Those who have experienced headache and migraine headache relief share their stories about how this technique has worked for them on our patient stories page.
Chiropractic care delivers safe, effective, long-term tension and migraine headache relief. This is because most headaches have a spinal, muscular, or habitual component, which the chiropractor has been trained to identify and treat. Treatment of headaches comes through the precise adjustment of the atlas bone.
New research shows that spinal correction – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective migraine treatment option as well as one for headaches that originate in the neck.
Chiropractic Treatments Provide Proven Migraine Headache Relief
A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that 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.
The Benefits of Chiropractic Migraine Treatments
Chiropractic migraine treatment provides migraine headache relief by adjusting the first cervical vertebrae, otherwise known as the atlas bone, hence, removing pressure on the nerve fibers and vertebral artery that pass through the area. Most patients find significant reduction of headache frequency and severity within the first month of care.
Spinal issues that contribute to headaches
Muscle tension of the neck, upper back, and the shoulders are usually another source of headaches. Treating postural issues will help problematic muscles and often reduce the recurrence of the migraines. Our goal is to not only get you feeling better in the shortest amount of time,but also to protect the corrections that have been made which will prevent flare ups.
How Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic helps decrease headaches
The Atlas Orthogonal Technique provides chiropractic migraine treatment that delivers an adjustment specific to each individual’s atlas bone misalignment. The instrument provides a gentle, precise correction using only 6 pounds of force, making it extremely effective, without having to twist, turn or pop the neck. Learn More about the Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Treatments.
Proper nutrition and exercise also play an important role in relief from headaches and migraines. Chiropractic adjustments combined with these lifestyle changes allow a person suffering from migraine headaches to carry on with their normal routine and increase their functioning during activities of daily living as well as optimize their quality of life.