If you suffer from headaches, you’re not alone. Almost everyone gets headaches from time to time, with some people experiencing frequent or chronic headaches that can interfere with their daily lives. The good news is that there are lots of treatments for migraines in the pain management space. Redefine Healthcare offers natural headache treatments including pain management, spinal manipulation, physical therapy, and massage therapy.
Spinal manipulation involves a doctor applying a controlled force to a specific part of the spine. Spinal manipulation can be particularly effective for cervicogenic headaches, or migraines that are caused by problems related to the cervical spine.
These headaches often begin with pain on one side of the back of the head; pain may then move to the front and are accompanied by shoulder or arm pain on the same side. Spinal manipulation is the most common type of chiropractic adjustment. Patients often report hearing a “popping” sound during spinal manipulation; this is normal. It’s commonly used in conjunction with other therapies such as ice, heat, or other chiropractic treatments.
Another treatment that can help with cervicogenic headaches is deep neck flexion exercises. In these exercises, your practitioner will guide you to actively move your joints and muscles in specific ways to help stretch the deep neck flexor muscles, providing more support for the neck and relieving certain types of headaches.
One type of deep neck flexion exercise is one in which the patient lies flat on their back and completes a series of chin tucks, contracting the targeted muscles for 10-second intervals interspersed with periods of rest. The ultimate goal is to strengthen these muscles, which can help relieve headache as well as neck pain and other types of discomfort.
Neuromuscular massage therapy is a useful type of massage that can help with back pain as well as headaches – particularly migraines. Neuromuscular massage involves alternating levels of concentrated pressure in specific areas to address muscle spasms.
Usually, the practitioner applies the pressure using their fingers, knuckles, or elbows. The pressure is applied and held in place for 10 to 30 seconds to get the most benefit. This type of massage may be uncomfortable at first, but as it relieves muscle spasms, it can also relieve the pain associated with migraines in many patients.
Low-load craniocervical mobilization
Low-load craniocervical mobilization involves a gentler force than traditional spinal manipulation and can be useful for treating tension headaches. Force is applied to the neck joints to allow for the rhythmic movement of the cervical segments. This therapy also typically involves some stretching. Tension headaches are widespread; although they do not tend to respond well to regular spinal manipulation, they have been found to improve with low-load craniocervical manipulation.
These are just a few of the ways we can address headaches through pain management, physical therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic treatments. If you are experiencing frequent headaches, contact Redefine Healthcare for a consultation, and we’ll be happy to help determine what treatments are right for you.