Headaches Treatment Without Medicine – Northbrook IL Chiropractor
Headaches are one of the most common neurological disorders. It would be a safe bet to say that you’ve experienced pain from a headache or know someone that has. In fact, according to the World Health Organization about 50 percent of the population suffers from headaches.
With Deerfield having over 18,000 people, that means there are over 9,000 people in that area alone that suffer from headaches. That’s too many people suffering from something that can be treated.
Having pain due to a headache can reduce the quality of your life, making it difficult to perform daily tasks, and can even impact you financially if you’re missing workdays because of your pain.
Headaches are common, but they are not normal. Although head pain is rarely life-threatening, having a headache is a sign from your body telling you that something is wrong. Finding out the cause of your headaches is the first step in figuring out how to treat them.
We want to keep headaches from happening. The first step to treating your headache is to figure out why you have it.
Types of Headaches
Headaches can stem from a variety of problems and triggers. There are sugar headaches, tension headaches, TMJ headaches, dehydration headaches, stress-induced headaches, among others.
As mentioned, headaches are not just a nuisance but are also a warning sign that there is something else going on.
Whichever kind of headache you’re experiencing, it’s likely caused by a structural change since your spine acts as a “home” to your nervous system. Nerves run through the spine from your brain to other parts of your body. Any change in the structure of your spine can cause health problems like digestive issues, cardiovascular problems, a weakened immune system, and pain, like headaches.
Lifestyle factors like a poor diet, stress, smoking, medications, etc., can also trigger headaches.
Many people turn to over-the-counter (OTC) medications to seek relief from their headaches. The problem here is that while it may offer you some relief, it’s a temporary solution and doesn’t actually correct the problem. Taking OTC medication can also lead to further trouble down the road.
How to Heal Your Headaches
So if OTC medications aren’t good for treatment, what is good for headaches? The key to healing your headaches and not just masking the pain is to correct the root cause of the problem.
There are two effective ways to address the cause, corrective chiropractic care and lifestyle changes.
A corrective chiropractor can assess you to determine the cause of your headaches and work with you to correct any mechanical changes that have happened to your body over the years.
A Doctor of Chiropractic can also work with you to make lifestyle changes that can make those annoying and debilitating headaches go away, without the use of medications or even surgery.
Treatment for headaches will vary from person to person. It all depends on the cause of your pain and chiropractic care can help you to determine what that is.
In the meantime, there are things you can do at home to help yourself in the right direction. For example, begin making positive lifestyle changes. Eat a healthy balanced diet, start walking, find ways to manage your stress, and make sure you have the best pillow for headaches. If you’re from Deerfield and commute to Chicago for work, find a way to not tense up while driving and keep correct posture.
You may find that you are able to control your headaches on your own. You may even see a Medical Doctor for pain medication. But this won’t treat the underlying cause.
It’s important not to ignore the warning signs your body is giving you. You should see a headache specialist like a corrective chiropractor, for treatment to fix the cause and avoid future problems.
How Can a Chiropractor Help With Headaches?
Chiropractors can help you get to the source of your headache and can help you figure out how to relieve headaches without medicine.
Chiropractic care takes a holistic approach, focusing on the relationship between the brain, body, and nervous system.
They can find areas of your body where you may have dislocations or misalignments of the spine. These misalignments can put pressure on the nerves and weaken the connection from the brain to the body. Chiropractors can make adjustments to relieve the extra pressure on the nerves. This is done without medication or surgery.
Chiropractors that specialize in Chiropractic Biophysics not only offer pain relief but also offer treatments to correct posture and rehabilitate the spine. This type of treatment can give you results that will last.
What to Expect From Your Corrective Chiropractor
When you make the decision to see a corrective chiropractor for your headaches, you’ll get an exam that’s based on science. You’ll get an examination of your posture, spinal alignment, and function. There’s a good chance you’ll also get X-rays to give your chiropractor a visual of your spine.
The examination is to determine the source of your headaches. Once that’s determined, your chiropractor will come up with a plan that’s specific to you that will involve exercises fitted to your needs, adjustments, and spinal remodeling.
You may even notice other discomforts starting to alleviate as well during this process.
Once you’ve determined why you have headaches and you get them under control, it’s important to stick with your treatment to prevent future pain.
Just because you feel better does not mean you can stop your treatment.
Chiropractic care is just as important for preventing as it is for treating. In other words, don’t stop with your treatments when your pain is gone. Your corrective chiropractor will work with you along the way to keep your headaches from coming back.
If you’re in Deerfield or surrounding areas, call us or stop by our office to see what we can do to get rid of your headaches. Our office, Align Wellness Center, is located at 900 Skokie Blvd, Unit 113, Northbrook, Il 60062.