Have frequent headaches been slowing you down lately? Have you been unable to get work done because you’re too dizzy, sleepy, or hurting from persistent migraines? Perhaps other symptoms include chronic nausea, light sensitivity, constant head throbbing, and irritability. These symptoms may persist for as little as thirty minutes, or as long as several days.
Headaches can be caused by any number of things: dehydration, alcohol consumption, eye strain, poor posture, or certain smells. You may have tried everything, from over-the-counter pain relievers to yoga and drinking more water, but nothing helps.
You may not be aware of another solution with a track record of good results: seeing a chiropractor. Dr. Marie Cayo of Spinal Health Care of Orlando in Orlando, Florida, specializes in techniques that can relieve your migraines.
But how can a doctor who specializes in treating the back help with your head?
How chiropractic treatment can help your headaches
Before any treatments can be recommended to you, Dr. Cayo will conduct a few diagnostic tests in order to determine what is causing your migraines. Depending on the root cause, your treatment options can include postural correction, massage therapy, stretches, nutritional chances, exercise, or electrical stimulation. These solutions can help your head pain without the use of invasive procedures like surgery or narcotics.
Adjusting your spinal alignment can correct poor posture, which is a common cause of headaches. Slumping your shoulders or tightening your neck can also cause head pain, so therapies that focus on “trigger points” in your neck and shoulders can be effective as well.
These therapies, combined with drinking plenty of water, getting regular exercise, reducing stress and anxiety, investing in a special retainer or mouth guard to prevent grinding your teeth, and practicing relaxation techniques can help improve your quality of life.
Dr. Cayo and her staff also recommend keeping a record of common causes or triggers that cause your headaches, in order to get a better idea of how to proceed with treatments.
However, if your headaches are so bad that they cause you to black out or temporarily lose your sight, you should seek immediate medical attention.