There are an estimated 45 million Americans that suffer from severe, recurring attacks of migraine and tension headaches. They spend upwards of $400 million each year on over-the-counter and prescription drugs in their search for permanent relief. Unfortunately, for many, the relief obtained is temporary at best. This cycle of headaches and medication often occurs without any lasting relief found. There is good news, however.
Recent research links headache pain to nerve irritation. One study conducted at the University of Maryland, found a connection between headaches and muscle tension at the base of the head. Muscles tighten or contract, which interferes with the nerve signals traveling to the spinal cord and brain. In many cases, the spine is misaligned in these areas, causing pain that often travels from the base of the head to the top or the sides (temple region).
Our approach is to correct these spinal misalignments, called subluxations, relax the muscles with massage therapy, and finally, rehabilitate the area to regain strength and stability. Each of these steps is crucial in the healing process. Although the adjustment (putting the spine back in place) is the primary treatment, the other therapies are of tremendous importance.