Chiropractic and headaches.  Those two words seem to go together like low back pain and chiropractic.  Truth be told, yes chiropractic can reduce your ability to encounter headaches.  Why do headaches even start is the question we should be asking?  Headaches are signs and symptoms that an underlying CAUSE is being activated.  Headaches are signs and symptoms that something is not right in your body.  Typically, signs and symptoms are the last “things” to ever appear when nerve dysfunction is present.  People go through their lives and every week (ex) they will undergo a headache at some point.  That is not normal.  That is your body throwing up red flags and saying that there is an underlying CAUSE associated with these headaches.

The CAUSE of the headaches is what chiropractor’s find, check, and adjust.  We look at your nerves which control EVERYTHING.  If there is nerve dysfunction present in your body, the signs and symptoms that you will be showing can be headaches.  Some people like to take dope (drugs) and cover up the symptoms and then think they are cured.  If you give your body a crutch, your body is going to rely on a crutch again and again.  OR, you can address the CAUSE  of your headaches with chiropractic care.  At Carlson Chiropractic Offices we do not guess on your health, we do not chase your symptoms, and we do address the CAUSE of your suffering.

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.  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? There is a better alternative.
Research shows that spinal manipulation – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.  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.
Also, a 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.