As a chiropractor Little Falls MN it shocks up that up to 75% of adults have suffered from headaches in the last year with many of those cases being re-occurring. Worse, about 50% of men and 75% of women report suffering from headaches in the last month. Almost 27 million Americans suffer from migraine-type headaches. Headaches are among the most disabling conditions you can suffer from which is why effective and quick resolution of headaches is one of our main focuses as a chiropractor Little Falls MN. It’s been found that headache’s negative impact on patients’ quality of life is greater than that of arthritis, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Ouch! Sadly, one study found that children who suffer headaches report a quality of life comparable to children with rheumatoid arthritis or cancer.
A regular but commonly overlooked source of headaches by most chiropractor Little Falls MN are misalignments in the neck and muscle tension in the neck and shoulders. The nerves that exit the spine in the neck and upper back form a vast network throughout the region, but also go to the head as well. When joints in the spine are misaligned or don’t move properly, the nearby nerve gets irritated. Once a nerve is irritated EVERYTHING at the end of that nerve gets irritated – including the blood vessels of the brain and head which is believed to be a major trigger for migraine pain. Overlooking or underestimating this relationship is part of the reason why certain medications may help alleviate the symptoms but won’t prevent them from coming back which is why you should see a chiropractor Little Falls MN.
Another interesting cause of headaches, and one not well known, are the muscles of the base of the skull (called the suboccipital muscles). These tiny, but important muscles are connected to the brain by a small ligament that attaches these “outside” muscles, to the “inside” of the skull. When those muscles become tight (like when there’s a misalignment in that region), that ligament gets tight too and then it pulls on the inside of the skull sparking headache pain! So while headaches are common, their causes are varied ranging from self-resolving to very serious which is why headaches should be evaluated by a trained chiropractor Little Falls MN.
At Chiro Plus Rehab the first step is a thorough assessment that looks for the cause of your headaches. We are extensive chiropractor Little Falls MN that will check your joint’s alignment—those of the mid back, neck, and jaw especially—nerve health, muscle strength and balance, and the integrity of the cartilage (spinal discs), tendon, and bone. When needed, we also take digital X-rays. In fact, there is a special X-ray view that this chiropractor Little Falls MN offers which can be taken for headaches that will clearly shows if the topmost vertebrae in the spine (C1) is misaligned—which is a fairly common source of headache pain. We also perform a Functional Movement Screen which can detect faulty movement habits like poor sitting posture, improper head positioning, etc. that you didn’t realize you had, but are probably a trigger for your headaches. All of this is to determine what the exact cause of your headache may be, so we know exactly what to do to get you relief.
Types of headaches:
- Cervicogenic (originating from the spine)
- Associated signs and symptoms:
- Sudden/severe onset
- Persistent and progressive pain
- Dull and achy
- Localized to the frontal region, temples, base of the skull, or behind the eyes
An overlooked aspect to headaches are their economic impact on the sufferer, the employer and the healthcare system overall. Lost work and productivity for migraine pain alone is estimated at fifteen billion dollars per year which is equal to about one hundred and twelve million “bed ridden” days, due to headache per year. At Chiro Plus Rehab we’re well aware of this and make sure we provide the best chiropractor Little Falls MN care experience possible for headache sufferers. Once serious pathologies have been ruled out, the standard approach to headache is usually a combination or ice/heat, rest, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and maybe physical therapy. While these may at least help lessen the headache pain, they don’t address the underlying problem completely.
At Chiro Plus Rehab we combine adjustments, hands-on muscle therapy, therapeutic exercises and corrective movement therapy to improve spinal alignment and joint mobility. This, in turn, can relieve the nerve irritation or muscle tightness that can cause headache pain. By doing so, this creates an environment for healing which is crucial in order to prevent headaches from returning. At the chiropractor in Little Falls at Chiro Plus Rehab, we also can provide passive therapies like Electric Muscle Stimulation to help eliminate pain even quicker. We then provide you with specific self-care instructions which includes, exercises, stretches, and home massage therapy technique in order to keep things good once they’re there. Why? Because our goal is to provide effective, fast relief so you can get back to life.
A Doctor’s Note
Headaches can be one of the most life-interfering issues to deal with. Whether they’re just an annoying, constant ache at the base of the skull or a “turn off the lights and don’t talk to me” migraine-level headache, it’s hard to do anything when you have a headache. Relieving headache pain can be even harder, especially without a chiropractor Little Falls MN. Years ago, when I was finishing up my studies at Northwestern Health Sciences University, I had the opportunity to train under a verifiable expert in headache pain. Before his retirement, he trained me in some of the most effective techniques as a chiropractor Little Falls MN to alleviate headache pain and it’s been my privilege to help dozens, if not hundreds, in our community find relief without medication. Don’t let your headaches interfere with another family event or your work. Give me a call!
Finding relief doesn’t have to be such a headache!
So if you’re suffering from headaches, don’t wait. Give us a call at 320-632-9224 and schedule your $37 New Patient Special today. Don’t live another day with pain but call a chiropractor Little Falls MN today!
“When I started with Dr. Grams I was getting migraines sometimes three times a week. The only way I could get rid of them was to sleep the day away. This took away from my family time and put a strain on my job. I have tried prescriptions and over the counter pills and found no relief. Coming to Dr. Grams I very rarely have a migraine and feel so much better. I am able to stretch and do exercises that the staff showed me to keep my muscles strong and keep the migraines at bay.”