It’s estimated that 14% of adults in the United States suffer from migraines or severe headaches. If you experience frequent, chronic, or even occasional severe headaches, contact Richard R. Cobb, DC at Cobb Chiropractic in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He offers diverse chiropractic treatments that studies show effectively relieve migraine, tension, and cervicogenic headaches.
There are several types of headaches: allergy headaches, caffeine-withdrawal headaches, and arthritis headaches, to name just a few. Each headache has different characteristics, such as the type and location of the pain, and whether they cause other symptoms.
Chiropractic care can relieve a variety of headaches, but it’s especially beneficial for these common types:
Migraine headache: Migraines cause intense, throbbing pain that’s usually worse on the sides of the forehead. Migraines are also accompanied by sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells, nausea, vomiting, and blurred vision.
Tension headache: This type of headache is caused by stress, anxiety, and fatigue. It’s usually located in the forehead or both temples, is dull and non-throbbing, and the severity stays constant.
Cervicogenic headache: This headache begins in the bones and soft tissues of your neck, then radiates up into the head and shoulders. It’s accompanied by limited neck movement, shoulder and arm discomfort, and pain that’s triggered by movement.
Studies show that chiropractic care relieves headache pain and reduces its frequency. Chiropractic adjustments are effective for tension headaches. They may provide long-term relief for migraines and cervicogenic headaches.
While you can take over-the-counter medications to treat the pain, chiropractic care gets to the source of the headache. It doesn’t just relieve pain -- it also provides longer-lasting relief and reduces headache frequency.
The chiropractic technique or treatment modality used by Dr. Cobb depends on the severity and type of headache, and what he finds during a physical examination. Spinal adjustments eliminate misalignments that contribute to headaches and may provide immediate relief for cervicogenic headaches. If your exam reveals tense, knotted muscles, trigger point therapy should help.
Your treatment may include one or more of these techniques:
Some types of foods are known to trigger headaches, especially migraines. Headaches can also be a sign of a vitamin deficiency. Dr. Cobb may assess your nutritional status, review your diet, and recommend supplements if needed.