Headache and Migraine Relief from Our Loveland Chiropractor
Headaches may be far from unusual in today's stress-filled society, but that doesn't make them any easier to cope with -- especially if you suffer from chronic headaches related to an underlying cervical misalignment or injury. As for migraines, these "mega-headaches" cause a variety of other debilitating symptoms as well, effectively putting your entire life on hold. If you feel your life is being wrecked by either of these problems, you should know that our Loveland chiropractor at Vantage Medical Pain and Wellness Center, Dr. Shane Countryman, can employ natural healing methods to help you feel better.
The Classic Pain of Tension Headaches
Tension headaches really are related to tension, but the tension in question isn't necessarily emotional. Instead, physical tension in the muscles can cause those muscles to go into spasm, affecting neighboring tissues to cause pain. One of the most common and painful examples involves stress on the RCPM muscle at the base of the skull. When this muscle goes into spasm, it pulls on the dura mater, a highly sensitive tissue; the result is a classic tension headache.
In many cases, chronic muscle tension occurs due to incorrect spinal alignment. If your head or upper cervical spine is out of balance with the rest of the body, the muscles may be under constant stress.
The Misery of Migraines
Migraines are harder to figure out than headaches because their biochemical origins are more complex. It appears that they're caused by unnaturally low serotonin levels that trigger an intense pain response in the trigeminal nerve. But pain is only part of it; you may also experience visual "auras," tinnitus, hypersensitivity to lights or sounds, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms.
Migraine triggers abound, making the condition extremely tricky for susceptible individuals to avoid. These triggers may include emotional stress, physical overexertion, specific foods and even sudden changes in the weather. Injuries such as whiplash or concussion can also cause migraines.
How Our Chiropractor in Loveland Can Help
Whether you suffer from headaches, migraines or both, bring your aching head to our chiropractor in Loveland. Chiropractic care can prove a highly effective form of headache relief for tension headaches associated with cervical alignment problems. By correcting your cervical curvature and the angle of your top two vertebrae, we can relieve the chronic tension behind your chronic headaches. Massage therapy can help this process tremendously by relaxing the muscle groups and allowing them to release pent-up stress; it also helps to heal soft tissues injured in an accident.
Chiropractic care can also play a role in migraine relief. By correcting your nerve function through spinal adjustments, our chiropractor in Loveland can help normalize your biochemical balance. We can also provide valuable lifestyle and nutritional advice so you keep future migraines to a minimum.
Need Migraine and Headache Relief in Loveland CO?
Schedule safe, natural migraine and headaches healing plans in Loveland, CO today. Call (970) 663-2273 for an appointment with our Loveland chiropractor!