Headache Specialist

Apple Wellness Center

Chiropractors located in Winchester, VA

According to the World Health Organization, headache disorders are one of the most common problems with the nervous system, and approximately half of all adults have had a headache in the last year. If you are suffering from headaches, treatment options may be available to you that you are unaware of. Book an appointment with a chiropractor at Apple Wellness Center in Winchester, Virginia, today to begin charting a path to less pain.

Headache Q & A

Apple Wellness Center

What causes headache?

There are many types of headache disorders, including:

  • Migraine: caused by inflammation
  • Tension type headache (TTH): stress-related, or associated with musculoskeletal issues
  • Cluster headache (CH): less common, affects 1 in 1000 adults
  • Medication overuse headache (MOH): results from excessive use of medication to treat headache

There are others, but these are the types that WHO recognizes as causing widespread disability. Of the four, only medication overuse headache is considered a secondary headache disorder, while the rest are primary headache disorder.

How can chiropractic care help those with headache disorders ?

If you reach for ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or other medication every time you have a headache, you may want to reconsider. Although such drugs can be helpful for some headaches, they are not in every instance. Other treatments may be more effective.

The chiropractors at Apple Wellness Center may suggest a variety of strategies for managing your headaches, such as:

  • Relaxation training
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Nutritional guidance
  • Stretches
  • Application of heat or cold

Some headaches, especially migraines, are likely to have specific triggers, which vary from person to person. Tension headaches may be triggered by sitting at a computer, as well as other positions and postures that create tension. Learning what is causing your headaches is an important step in relieving them.

What can I do to reduce the chance of getting a headache?

If you have migraines, an important step is identifying your triggers. Alcohol, nitrates (often in processed meats), and other foods can be triggers, as can missing meals and a lack of sleep.

Many people with headache disorder find that having a regular daily routine helps alleviate headaches. The chiropractors at Apple Wellness Center offer counseling to headache patients to assist with developing a routine that may limit the number of headaches you have.

If you have tension headaches, you may benefit from regular exercise, meditation, yoga, or other stress-reduction activities. Every individual is unique, so it’s important to work with a professional to identify the most efficient treatment program for you.