Headaches have become an almost normal part of daily life for many individuals, but chiropractic treatment of headaches may provide hope and an alternative to taking over the counter medicine for the condition. According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that more than half of the adult population in the world has experienced a headache in the past year.

Although most headaches are not considered to be life-threatening, they can cause millions of people across the globe to miss work, school, and other daily activities. Whether suffering from a sinus headache, a stress or tension headache, or even a migraine, these conditions can respond well to proper chiropractic treatment.

The 3 Most Common Types of Headaches

If you have ever experienced the throbbing pain a headache can bring, know that you are in good company with Hamel Chiropractic and Wellness. In today's fast paced and high stress world, it is not uncommon to experience headaches. However, it is important to realize that they can be caused by a number of different contributing factors.

Some of the most common types of headaches adults experience today include:

  1. Stress or tension headaches
  2. Migraine headaches
  3. Sinus and allergy related headaches

Having a clear picture of the source of pain plays a critical role in selecting the right chiropractic treatment of headaches.

 

Chiropractic Wellness for Stress and Tension Headaches

An increasing number of Americans report feeling as though their headaches are related to increased levels of stress. It is important to note that the word stress can have two meanings:


  1. Physical Stress. This can refer to stress on the physical state of the body and often manifests from conditions such as joint disfunction and poor posture.
  2. Psychological Stress. This type of stress can be caused by world events, finances, job concerns, and so on.


 

While a stress and tension headache can come from either origin, they typically manifest in the body the same way. At the base of the skull is a group of muscles called the suboccipital that forms a sort of triangle. When an individual begins to feel tightness at the base of the neck, it usually means that either physical or psychological stress has irritated these muscles, which in turn affects the adjacent nerves that eventually connect to the forehead.

For this reason, symptoms of a stress and tension headache generally include pain or tightness at the base of the skull or neck as well as pressure at the forehead, temple, the bridge of the nose, or behind the eyes.

Despite whether the pain occurs from physical or psychological stressors, the patient experiencing a stress or tension headache will typically benefit from decreasing the irritation of those muscles and nerves with manual manipulation.  Dr. Hamel, with 24 years experience treating headache patients, recommends a comprehensive approach to getting rid of headaches once and for all. 

 

 

 

Chiropractic Care of Migraine Headaches

Of the people who have had a headache during the past year, the World Health Organization estimates that roughly thirty percent of them reported having a migraine. This painful condition can feel rather intense with an unrelenting and deep throbbing that can last anywhere from hours to days.

The sensations a migraine causes can be so strong that it sidelines individuals from their daily activities. This type of headache generally occurs primarily on one side of the head and the condition will often make sufferers nauseous and sensitive to bright lights. People suffering from migraines may also experience visual disturbances such as stars, blind spots, or flashing lights.

Migraines are normally triggered by situations such as:


  • Dehydration
  • Exposure to strong, pungent smells
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Lack of sleep
  • Not eating


 

Chiropractic care for migraines frequently includes spinal manipulation to reduce inflammation. Massages may focus on specific trigger points such as the neck, shoulders and back, and patients may be prescribed certain exercises to continue doing at home for further relief. The exact course of treatment can vary from individual to individual depending on the specifics of a patient's symptoms, age, and other conditions.

 

 

 

 

Chiropractic Wellness and Sinus and Allergy Related Headaches

Sinus and allergy related headaches usually manifest themselves in feeling pain where the sinuses are located, behind the cheekbones and eyebrows. In addition to this, some of the more distinctive signs of this type of headache include:


  • A stuffy nose
  • Congestion
  • Facial pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Intensified pain when bending forward or lying down


It is fairly common for these headaches to develop as the result of seasonal allergies. The poor drainage of sinus cavities can cause the pressure to build, eventually resulting in a headache. For those that live in an area like Kingwood or Humble, TX where spring and fall seasonal allergies are prominent, sinus headaches may be a recurring problem.

Depending on the results of an individual examination of the patient, the chiropractor may choose to either stimulate facial nerves, treat acupressure points, or even thin trapped mucous via deep heat therapies to help relieve the symptoms of a sinus or allergy related headache.

 

How to Prepare for Your Chiropractic Visit For Your Headache Evaluation?

When a patient goes to see a professional Kingwood chiropractor for headache or other pain, he or she will examine the patient and take a record of the patient's history. Especially in terms of identifying how to best treat recurring headaches, the personal history a patient offers can be a substantial help.
Every time you experience headache pain, take a few minutes to record the following information


  • Time of day
  • Type and location of pain experiencing
  • Rate the pain on a scale of one to ten (with one being the lowest level)
  • Duration of the headache
  • Any possible physical or psychological stressors
  • Nutritional information from day of and the day before
  • Any other pertinent data


These seemingly ordinary facts, along with a professional examination, can give chiropractors an important window into what may be causing a patient to repeatedly experience headaches and how they can determine the best chiropractic treatment of headaches.

If you frequently suffer from headaches or experience them on a chronic basis, do not simply resign yourself to a life of pain or depend on over-the-counter pain relief medications. Visit Hamel Chiropractic and Wellness for effective chiropractic treatment of headaches.

FAQ: Can chiropractic care help with headaches?

Answer: Yes, chiropractic care can be an effective alternative medicine approach for treating headaches. Chiropractors use gentle adjustments to the spine, deep tissue muscle work, corrective exercises and specific nutritional supplement recommendations. Underlying issues of most headaches are spinal misalignments, muscle spasm and postural stress; Dr. Hamel will address all of these when you come in for treatment.

FAQ: How does chiropractic care differ from conventional medicine in treating headaches?

Answer: Unlike conventional medicine, which often relies on medicine to manage headaches, chiropractic care takes a holistic approach by addressing the underlying cause of headaches rather than just masking symptoms. By restoring proper alignment and function to the spine and nervous system, chiropractic care aims to provide long-lasting relief from headaches. Dr. Hamel always says that medication can make you feel better but it NEVER addresses or takes care of the root cause.

FAQ: What types of headaches can chiropractic care treat?

Answer: Chiropractic care can effectively treat various types of headaches, including tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, and cervicogenic headaches. By addressing spinal joint irritation, muscle spasm, and nerve dysfunction, Dr. Hamel can help alleviate headache symptoms and reduce their frequency and severity.

FAQ: Is chiropractic care safe for treating headaches?

Answer: Yes, chiropractic adjustments are generally safe when performed by a qualified and experienced chiropractor. Dr. Hamel uses gentle and non-invasive chiropractic techniques to address headaches, minimizing the risk of adverse effects commonly associated with medication or invasive procedures. Dr. Hamel sees patients of all ages with headaches, anywhere from middle school kids to the elderly; often times there is a postural stress component involved. Too much pressure over time on the spine and nerves, says Dr. Hamel, is a recipe for a headache.

FAQ: How many chiropractic treatments are typically needed to see improvement in a patient’s headache?

Answer: The number of chiropractic adjustments needed varies depending on the individual's condition, the severity of their headaches, how long they have been suffering with the headache, what other therapies they have tried, and other factors such as overall health and lifestyle habits. Many patients experience noticeable improvement in headache symptoms within a few chiropractic treatments.

FAQ: Are there lifestyle changes or home remedies that complement chiropractic care for headaches?

Answer: Yes, Dr. Hamel often recommend lifestyle changes and home remedies to complement his chiropractic care for headaches. This may include stress management techniques, ergonomic adjustments, removing toxins from the diet, improving digestion and elimination, hydration, and relaxation exercises to destress and reduce headache triggers.

FAQ: Can chiropractic care prevent headaches from recurring?

Answer: Yes, chiropractic care can help prevent headaches from recurring by addressing underlying issues such as spinal misalignments, muscle spasm, and poor posture. Once Dr Hamel helps his patient get rid of their headaches, he recommends maintenance chiropractic care once a month or more. Due to postural stress patients are dealing with on a daily basis, it might not take long for the cervical spine, (neck), to get misaligned or a nerve to be pinched causing a headache, Dr. Hamel wants his patients to maintain their results obtained through chiropractic care so getting a tune up once a month or more is recommended.

FAQ: How do I know if chiropractic care is right for my headache treatment?

Answer: If you experience headaches that are interfering with your daily life or have not responded well to mainstream medicine, chiropractic care may be a suitable alternative therapy option for you. Most of our patients start to see headache relief within 2 weeks of treatment if not sooner says Dr. Hamel.

FAQ: Is chiropractic care covered by insurance for headache treatment?

Answer: Yes, Chiropractic care is usually covered by medical insurance. Dr. Hamel’s office does accept medical insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna and also for car accident patients PIP, (personal injury protection), insurance. His office accepts all BCBS and Aetna, PPO, POS, HMO plans, either Texas or out of state plans. For whiplash injury patients Dr. Hamel accepts PIP insurance from USAA, Geico, Farmers, Travelers, Nationwide, Allstate, State Farm, Progressive and more. PIP limits for medical care are broken into 4 levels: $2500, $5000, $7500 or $10000. Each person in the vehicle involved in the accident has one of these limits for all of their medical care. When it comes to insurance, Dr. Hamel and his staff file everything electronically for you so all that you are responsible for is your deductible, a co-pay or sometimes insurance covers the entire treatment and nothing is owed. Our front desk staff will do a free benefits check for you to see what chiropractic services are covered.

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