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Headaches and Migraines
Headaches can put a serious crimp in your comfort and productivity, especially if they recur periodically or constantly, and the debilitating symptoms of migraines can put your entire life on hold for days at a time. No matter how many pain relievers you may take to quiet those symptoms, they will return again and again until you have addressed their root causes and triggers. If you prefer safe, long-lasting relief that does not require medication, turn to Advanced Chiropractic Wellness. Our chiropractor in Frankfort, Dr. Scott Stratton, can prescribe many non-pharmaceutical conservative care treatment options, from spinal corrections to lifestyle adjustment, to help you master that pain in your head.
The typical headache that seems to plague so many people is the classic tension headache. When the muscles of the shoulders and neck go into spasm, they can pull on sensitive tissues that transmit diffuse pain signals throughout the head. The RCPM muscle in the neck, for instance, is notorious for tugging at the dura mater, a membrane that surrounds the brain. A cervical misalignment can make you prone to chronic headaches by throwing off the balance your head and neck, thus placing the muscles under constant strain. Postural and ergonomic challenges that cause you to keep dropping your head forward only make matters worse.
Migraines start with serotonin imbalances that cause the trigeminal nerve to inflame blood vessels in the head. This vascular swelling can set off all kinds of symptoms, from crushing headaches and nausea to light or sound sensitivity, faintness and visual oddities such as blurred vision or "auras." These attacks can last for up to 72 hours and may be triggered by everything from specific foods and weather changes to physical stress.
Our chiropractor in Frankfort can identify any alignment problems that may be producing muscle strain and headaches. A few simple corrections to the spine, combined with massage therapy and some adjustments to your work environment or everyday posture, can relieve neck and shoulder spasms. Chiropractic care also helps migraines, not only by removing a potential trigger (physical stress) but also by normalizing your nervous system function and brain chemistry. Research has shown that chiropractic care may cut the intensity of a migraine in half and reduce migraine frequency by as much as 90 percent in some individuals. Our chiropractor can also help you identify specific migraine triggers in your diet or environment so you can create strategies for avoiding those triggers in the future.
Don't resign yourself to an unhappy life of chronic headaches and migraines. Call Advanced Chiropractic Wellness at Call 815-464-6772 for a consultation and treatment from our chiropractor in Frankfort.