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If you're as busy as most individuals in today's hectic world, you can't afford to be bogged down by headaches and migraines. If you're frustrated by the temporary, incomplete relief you get from medication, it's time to experience the more effective, drug-free treatments offered at Health First Chiropractic in Puyallup, WA.
Some sources of chronic head pain are easier to understand than others. Tension headaches actually their primary cause in their name. Muscle tension at the base of the neck leads to spasms, and these spams tug on the dura mater and other membranes near the skull, triggering dull, throbbing pain from these sensitive structures. Cluster headaches, a much less common headache problem, cause sharp, severe pain in or near one eye. While it is harder to pinpoint the exact cause of these headaches, a misalignment in the topmost vertebra (C1) is often present in sufferers.
Migraines may be the most mysterious headache issue of all. These crushing headaches may be accompanied by nausea, faintness, hearing and vision abnormalities, and other disabling symptoms. Researchers believe that migraines begin as chemical imbalances that cause the trigeminal nerve to misfire, instructing cranial blood vessels to change pressure rapidly. Immediate triggers may include weather or hormonal changes, specific ingredients in foods, flashing lights, physical strain (including neck spasms) and other everyday stimuli.
Medications may relieve a headache in progress, but they can't do anything about the root cause that keeps those headaches coming back. Our chiropractor, Dr. David Croxford, can help by evaluating your cervical spinal alignment for signs of alignment problems that may be initiating or aggravating your symptoms.
If tension headaches are your problem, adjustments to your neck can bring your skull into a more symmetrical position, alleviating chronic muscle tension. Adjustments to the C1 vertebra (via the Blair Upper Cervical Technique) can also have a profound effect on cluster headaches. Chiropractic adjustments on migraine sufferers can make attacks both less painful and less frequent. We can even provide you with supportive care such as massage therapy and lifestyle counseling to help you keep your particular triggers at bay.
Nobody has time for a headache or migraine issues, so don't let your life be dominated by these painful problems. Call Health First Chiropractic at (253) 256-4818 to schedule an evaluation. Our chiropractor in Puyallup can give you the effective, meaningful treatment you need!