There are several kinds of headaches, some more serious than others. Our chiropractic clinic offers support for headaches that stem from trauma, stress, and other spine, neck, and back-related dysfunctions.
Cervicogenic headaches are neck generated, often because of injury, overuse, or imbalances in the cervical spine (the portion of the spine located in the neck) or the neck’s soft tissue. This kind of headache can start after a neck injury, prolonged overuse damaging tissues or after repetitive neck movement, it may combine with the neck’s loss of range of motion.
Other symptoms of a cervicogenic headache include:
Because cervicogenic headaches are due to the cervical spine or musculoskeletal issues, chiropractors are an excellent resource for ending them at the source. The headaches can be relieved by aligning and restoring the function of the neck’s imbalances.
It’s common for headaches to occur after a concussion and other head injuries, but if headaches occur after the trauma and within seven days, you may find yourself suffering from post-trauma headaches.
These headaches are due to inflammation in the head and or neck following injury, along with the dramatic tensing of the muscles and soft tissues that takes place during and following the injury.
Post-trauma headaches range from mild to severe and can worsen over time. Our chiropractic clinic can help with headaches related to concussions, head injuries, or other trauma-related injuries.
Common symptoms of post-trauma headaches include:
Whenever you’re involved in an accident or have been injured, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. With quick intervention, you can help prevent discomfort, pain, and more or heightened injuries, including post-trauma headaches.
Migraines are one of the most prevalent kinds of headaches, and often, their origin is unknown. They’re usually due to environmental factors, stress, or a dysfunction in the neck joints.
Migraine headaches we now know are a combination of neurologic and vascular events. Clinically there is often upper cervical joint restriction and myofascial pain points in migraine patients.
Common symptoms of migraines include:
When a migraine starts to initiate, you should avoid light, stressing your eyes (get off the computer or device), remove yourself from stressful situations, and rest.
Before implementing a treatment program, you must identify what’s causing your headaches. A complete physical analysis will tell our chiropractic team how you move, function, and perform. The physical exam will allow us to identify the specific painful tissues involved with your headaches. These painful tissues are called “pain generators” and can include myofascial trigger points and painful spinal facet joints.
Dr. Collins will then design a comprehensive healing plan that nurtures your body back to health safely and quickly.
Common solutions to headaches include:
We’ll find what’s generating the discomfort and give you guidance to keep your body safe going forward. A life without headaches is possible; let us prove it.