6 Non-Medication Headache Treatments to Consider

6 Non-Medication Headache Treatments to Consider

It sounds unbelievable, but regular use of pain medication to manage headaches may make them worse. Medication-overuse headaches (MOH) are the most common type of secondary headache — a headache caused by another medical condition — in the world. 

If you have tension headaches, migraines, or cluster headaches that no longer get better after taking your headache medication, you may want to consider non-medication treatments. 

At Apple Wellness Center here in Winchester, Virginia, our chiropractor, Michael Pasternack, DC, is a headache specialist who knows all too well how medications worsen head pain. We offer many non-medication treatments for headaches and want to share some of them with you.

Spinal manipulation

Spinal manipulation is one of the chiropractic care therapies we provide to help our patients get relief from their chronic head pain. We use special techniques that adjust the joints in your spine, improving alignment and mobility.

Research indicates that spinal manipulation is effective for reducing the severity and frequency of recurring headaches, including migraines. 

Massage therapy

Massage therapy was one of the first techniques humans used to treat pain. We use massage therapy as a complementary treatment for many health conditions, including headaches.

Manipulating your muscles and connective tissue reduces tension and stress and triggers the release of your body’s natural pain killers. 

Nutrition therapy

Changing your diet may also ease your headaches. Certain foods, like chocolate or cheese, may trigger headaches. You can keep a headache journal to find the foods that cause your head pain.

Adding anti-inflammatory foods, like fruits, vegetables, and fatty fish, may ease your head pain, reducing your need for headache medication.

Relaxation techniques

We also use relaxation techniques to help our patients get relief from headaches without medication. We teach you how to contract and relax muscle groups, decreasing nervous system arousal and the stress response. 

Posture therapy

Poor posture is a common cause of headaches. Posture therapy teaches you how to hold your body to improve posture, reducing stress on the muscles in the neck and upper back. Stretching exercises may also reduce muscle tension and keep your head pain away.

Heat and cold therapy

Instead of reaching for over-the-counter pain medication to ease your headache pain, try heat or cold therapy. Heat eases muscle tension, while cold reduces inflammation.

Medications aren’t always the best remedy for headache pain. We can design a non-medication headache treatment plan that provides long-term relief. Call our office or click the book online button to schedule an appointment with our headache specialist today.

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