Headaches- How Does Chiropractic Work

Posted on: January 6th, 2013 by lucky No Comments

Headaches at Campbelltown Chiropractor– How Does Chiropractic Work?

Headaches are a common complaint seen at Campbelltown Chiropractor. There are many causes of headaches, some of which are “idiopathic” or, unknown. Some headaches arise from “vascular” (blood vessels) causes such as migraine and cluster headaches. These often include nausea and/or vomiting and can be quite disabling and require rest in a dark, quiet place sometimes for a half or a whole day. Another type of headaches can be categorized as “tension” headaches. These usually result from tightness in the muscles in the neck and upper back caused from stress, work, lack of sleep, sinusitis, trauma such as whiplash, and others.

What Information We Need From You At Campbelltown Chiropractor.

So “how does chiropractic work?” To answer this, let’s first discuss what we do when the headache patient comes in. First, the history is very important! Here, we’ll ask “how/when did the headaches start. This may glean the actual cause of headaches such as a car accident or injury of some sort.

Next, at Campbelltown Chiropractor we’ll ask about activities that increase or create the headache, which gives us ideas of how we might help manage the headache patient. For example, when certain activities precipitate the onset of a headache, we will modify the work station and/or give specific exercises on a regular schedule to keep the neck tension under control. When information gathered about what decreases or helps the neck pain and headaches, we will recommend treatments often that can be done at home. This would be suggested if we are told that “…adjustments on my neck feels great!” The quality of pain (throbbing = vascular, ache and tightness = neck), intensity of pain (0-10 pain scale), and timing (worse in the morning vs. evening) help us track change after treatment is rendered, usually gathered once a month.


Neck muscle tightness (spasm) will be evaluated along with the range of motion, paying particular attention to the positions/directions that increases and decreases pain, especially those that decrease pain. Nerve function by checking reflexes, sensation and muscle strength as well as correlating information like positions that decrease arm or leg pain will be included as any position that reduces pain in the arm or leg must be incorporated into an exercise. X-rays may include bending “stress” views so that ligaments (that hold bones together) can be evaluated for “laxity” (torn and unstable). When this is found, we avoid adjustments to these vertebrae.

Treatment At Campbelltown Chiropractor

As you can see, if is very important to do a thorough evaluation so headache patients can be properly managed. Treatment approaches include:

  • 1. Adjustments;
  • 2. Soft tissue therapy (trigger point stimulation, myofascial release);
  • 3. Posture correction exercises and other exercises;
  • 4. Education about job modifications;
  • 5. Co-management with other health care providers, if medication or injection therapy is needed.

At Campbelltown Chiropractor we will find what is best for your headaches no matter what modality you need to use.


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