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Headaches are a common but annoying blow to your productivity and quality of life, while migraines can put your whole life on hold for days at a time. If you're confused about the nature of your symptoms and desperate for a lasting solution to them, check out these frequently asked questions about headache and migraine treatment here at Senft Chiropractic of Atlanta.
Tension headaches are so named because they're usually caused by tension in the neck muscles, especially the muscles that are attached to sensitive membranes near the skull. When these muscles go into spasm, they tug on the membranes, producing pain.
If your head is even a little off-balance, the accumulated strain on neck muscles can lead to headache pain. Injuries such as whiplash can also cause headaches.
Chiropractic adjustments can restore your head and neck to their proper balance. This takes strain off of the neck muscles and makes them less likely to go into spasm.
Massage therapy is another drug-free therapy that can complement chiropractic care to keep tension headaches at bay. Our soothing techniques can loosen tight muscles that might otherwise trigger a headache.
Migraines are often preceded by odd visual symptoms called "auras." The actual attack may produce agonizing pain, nausea, vomiting, extreme light and sound sensitivity, blurred vision, dizziness or fainting.
Migraines are a bit of a mystery, but researchers believe that low serotonin levels may trigger nerve signals that cause changes in the brain stem and cranial blood vessels, resulting in an attack.
Migraines may be set off by different stimuli in different people. Common triggers include hormonal shifts, weather changes, emotional or physical stress, changes in sleep habits, and specific foods or drugs.
Our chiropractor, Dr. Senft, can correct any cervical alignment errors that may be impairing your nerve function, which in turn allows your other physical functions to behave more normally. Relieving muscular strain can also reduce a potential migraine trigger (stress). We can recommend a variety of dietary and lifestyle changes to help you steer clear of other such triggers.
Chiropractic adjustments can reduce the impact of migraines on your life dramatically. Research indicates that chiropractic care can lower migraine frequency by 90 percent, reducing the intensity of the attacks in nearly half of all recipients.
Now that you have some answers, it's time to pursue safe, natural relief for your headaches or migraines. Call 404-633-6787 for an appointment with our Atlanta chiropractor!