Are headaches making daily life miserable? Dr. Philip Willner of Littleton, CO, offers customized, effective, and natural treatment plans for lasting relief.
Guide to Headaches: Musculoskeletal Causes and How Chiropractic Care Can Help
A headache has a way of interfering with every aspect of life. Those who live with chronic headaches might feel that relief is impossible without the use of medication. Sadly, those medications only give a reprieve.
In most cases, headaches are tied to issues within the musculoskeletal system. Until those issues are addressed, the pain will keep coming back. Dr. Willner of Littleton, CO, discusses some of the most common musculoskeletal causes and how chiropractic care can help.
What Causes Headaches?
Sometimes, a headache is a response to a poor night of sleep, a stressful day at work, or even eating a specific type of food. A headache caused by situations such as these will typically go away on its own.
More often, though, a headache is due to ongoing habits or injuries. Habits that often cause headaches include practicing poor posture, sleeping on your front, and leaning over a device. Chronic stress can also lead to headaches, as it is typically stored as physical tension in the neck and shoulders.
Poor habits, chronic stress, and injuries – such as auto and sports injuries – lead to issues such as spinal misalignment, muscle tension, herniated discs, and compressed nerves. Each of these is tied to chronic headaches and migraines.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
When your headaches are due to a musculoskeletal issue, a chiropractor can provide optimal and natural relief through a combination of techniques. The following are some of the most commonly used in the treatment of headaches.
- Adjustments: Adjustments restore alignment to the neck and back, relieving any undue pressure from the muscles, nerves, and discs.
- Massage therapy: Therapeutic massage is beneficial in relieving tension in the neck and shoulders.
- Myofascial release: Sometimes, tension and scar tissue create knots or trigger points along the fascia. These knots can put undue pressure on the nerves and muscles, which can cause headaches and other symptoms. Myofascial release is a technique used specifically to break up these knots.
- Lifestyle adjustments: No technique offered in the office can provide lasting change without addressing the factors that led to your headaches in the first place. Treatment plans include lifestyle adjustments to address posture, sleep position, and more.
Find natural and lasting relief from your headaches by visiting Dr. Willner in Littleton, CO. Call (720) 283-8006 to schedule an appointment today.