Chiropractic Care for Headaches and Migraines

It’s common for many people to experience migraines and headaches all the time. While some episodes are mild, others can be debilitating. Physicians usually prescribe pain relievers to help their patients. Even so, most people prefer the natural way to stop their pain. This is where chiropractic medicine takes over. Chiropractors can help reduce pain from mild to severe headaches and migraines. If you want to resort to chiropractic care for your cephalic pains, here are the ways your chiropractor can help.


For Headaches


Experts describe headaches as mild to severe pressure pains on both sides of your head. You can have headaches on your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck. A headache can occur when you experience anxiety, stress, or muscle strain. Your chiropractor can perform some effective techniques to treat headaches, including:

  • Spinal manipulation. A study in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association reveals the potency of this method. Your chiropractor can use a device or bare hands to apply pressure on a specific point of your cervical spine. You may hear a popping sound when your chiropractor applies this treatment.

  • Joint mobilization. Chiropractors use joint mobilization to help your headaches as well. Your chiropractor can manipulate your joints to reduce headaches.

  • Deep flexion exercises. Your chiropractor can supervise you as you perform deep neck flexion exercises. These exercises can help build the deep neck flexor muscles that support your neck. Studies show that strong neck muscles decrease the workload and pressure on the cervical spine.

  • Low-load craniocervical mobilization. Specialists say that this technique has gentler force than that of spinal manipulation. Your chiropractor applies pressure on your neck joints. This encourages the fluid movement of the cervical spine. Expect some stretching during this treatment.


For Migraines


Healthcare professionals say that it’s possible to have a migraine on both sides of your head. Pain from a migraine can cause debilitating throbbing pain. Migraines are common from childhood to about 40 years of age. Based on the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, migraines should be regarded as a disease of the central nervous system. Here are the common chiropractic treatments for migraines:

  • Neuromuscular massage therapy. During this therapy, your chiropractor focuses massage techniques on your head, shoulder, back, and neck.

  • Multidisciplinary care. In this technique, your chiropractor uses relaxation techniques, dietary counseling, physical therapy, and stress management. The goal is to decrease the length, disability, intensity, and frequency of your migraine. This approach targets various aspects of your body and lifestyle that may trigger your migraine episodes. You should eat the right foods, avoid stressful situations, and meditate to help end your migraine episodes.


Painful headaches and migraines can prevent you from having a good quality of life. With chiropractic care, you can take back your health without the use of synthetic pharmaceutical solutions. Here at East Bank Wellness, we help relieve your headaches and migraines through natural chiropractic care. Please call us at 312-832-9700 if you have questions or if you want to schedule an appointment. You are also welcome to enter our doors in Chicago, Illinois, for a one-on-one consultation.

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