Headaches & Migraines

Headache and Migraine Treatment in Charlottesville, VA

Headaches and migraines have similarities but they are not the same condition. People who suffer from headaches and migraines also experience a wide range of symptoms and triggers.

As the name implies, headaches present pain in the head, face and frequently into the neck. Common causes of headaches include:

  • Muscular tension
  • Pinched nerves in the neck
  • Stress
  • Hunger
  • Eyestrain
  • Dry Air
  • Toxin overload
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Withdrawal symptoms as medication wears off

Migraine sufferers also have pain in the head but generally suffer other symptoms including:

  • Auras
  • Blurry vision and/or temporary vision loss
  • See spots or flashing
  • Sensitive to light, sound or smells
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Intense pain behind the eyes, temples or ears
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Numbness or tingling in the face, arms or legs
  • Radiating pain
  • Often, certain things can trigger a migraine to begin. Some include:
  • Hormonal changes
  • Allergies and food sensitivities
  • Weather changes
  • Poor sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Spinal misalignment or subluxations

The bones of your neck can misalign from repetitive stress, poor posture, birth trauma, an injury, chemical stress and emotional stress and can be contributing to your head pain. Irritated nerves can cause muscles to overtighten in the head and neck. The vertebral artery, which travels inside the bones up through the spine, can get compressed creating a pounding sensation into the head.

Chiropractic treatment for migraines and headaches can lead to a significant improvement in your quality of life and headache/migraine frequency. Your health history, investigative examination, x-rays and, sometimes, functional labs, will help us determine the cause of your pain so we can determine a plan to get you on your path to recovery.

Your treatment may include instrument adjustments to re-align the bones of the neck. When your spinal alignment is restored, muscles immediately begin to relax, pressure is taken off the vertebral artery, and blood and oxygen circulation is increased to the brain. Cold laser is used to reduce inflammation, improve circulation and reduce pain. Functional lab testing is available to find what foods, if any, are triggering your migraines or headaches.

It’s time to get the results you deserve. Call (434) 245-8456 or fill out the form below for your consultation.

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