Headaches cause pain and pressure in the head, neck, and scalp. Headaches are a very common condition that can range from mild to severe. Severe and recurring headaches can be debilitating and interfere with everyday functioning. Most headaches respond well to treatment and changes in lifestyle.
Migrations, on the other hand, are caused by a neurological condition that triggers intense headaches. Other symptoms of migraines include nausea, vomiting, light and sound sensitivity, trouble speaking, pain in the temples, ears, or eyes, and a tingling or numb sensation. Dr. Wehking at Wellness Chiropractic Center in Watertown has years of experience providing relief for patients with headaches and migrations. Let’s look at some of the questions that we run into regarding these common conditions.
How do you tell the difference between a headache and a migraine?
Being able to tell whether you are having a headache or migraine will help you find relief faster. One way to know that you are experiencing a migraine is the sensation of intense throbbing that occurs only on one side of the head. Headaches usually cause mild, dull pressure in your forehead or scalp. Migraines are accompanied by additional symptoms such as nausea, while headaches are not.
How do I treat a headache?
Most headaches can be relieved with over-the-counter medications such as:
Headaches can be triggered by stress. Relaxation techniques that decrease stress can eliminate headaches and prevent them from recurring. These options include:
- relaxation exercises
- heat therapy
- neck stretching
How do I treat a migraine?
Preventing a migraine is considered more effective than treating one. Preventive measures include attempting to reduce stress, eliminating or reducing caffeine and alcohol intake, and taking prescription medicine for conditions such as depression. Migraines can be treated with pain relievers, anti-nausea medicine, and triptans if they occur less often.
How can a chiropractor help with headaches & migraines?
Our chiropractor eases the pain from migraines and tension headaches. Using gentle and non-invasive chiropractic adjustments, chiropractic care increases joint mobility, improves the functioning of your spine and nervous system, reduces inflammation, and relieves stress and tension. These adjustments will help your body manage and reduce the pain of your headaches and migraines.
Other chiropractic treatment modalities for migraines and headaches include:
- Electrical stimulation
- Ultrasound therapy
- Soft tissue therapy
- Lifestyle changes and education
Headache and Migraine Treatment in Watertown, WI
If you are suffering from debilitating headaches or migraines, Dr. Wehking at Wellness Chiropractic Center can help. Call our team today at (920) 262-0200 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.