If you suffer from tension headaches or headaches originating in the neck,
you may want to consider spinal manipulation treatment with a chiropractor
in NYC. According to a
2001 report from Duke University Evidence-Based Practice center in Durham, NC, spinal manipulation afforded
patients almost immediate relief from headaches. In addition, the treatment
resulted in significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief
from tension headaches than commonly prescribed medications.
Certain foods, lights, noises and stress can trigger your tension headaches.
You may also find that certain behaviors, like insomnia or blood sugar
changes, result in migraines and headaches throughout the day. While a
small percentage of headaches are due to other physical problems in the
body, the majority of headaches are primary headaches. Primary headaches,
including tension headaches and migraines, aren’t symptoms of disease
or illness. As a result, a chiropractor treats the headache itself.
Primary headaches are often associated with muscle tension in the neck.
This can result from engaging in too many sedentary activities or spending
too much time in one fixed position or posture. In addition to seeking
professional physical therapy, try taking breaks from sitting in one fixed
posture. For example, every 30 minutes to an hour, stretch your head and
neck through a comfortable range of motion.
Acupuncture, physical therapy and massage therapy are all effective pain
treatment options. However, chiropractic treatment is especially useful
in treating migraines because adjustments improve spinal function to alleviate
stress on the system. In addition, a chiropractor provides nutritional
advice, such as changing diet or adding B complex vitamins. Chiropractors
can also advise you on how to improve your work posture and suggest exercises
to help relieve recurring joint irritation in your neck muscles.
Manhattan Total Health is a full service physical medicine and rehabilitation
facility helping patients improve function through traditional and alternative
treatments. Our team includes board certified physiatrists, chiropractors,
physical therapists and massage therapists. You can
schedule an appointment at one of our three New York City locations by calling (212) 832-9127.