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Headaches and migraines can both have a devastating effect on your quality of life. While the occasional mild discomfort may not be too much of an annoyance, chronic, recurring tension headaches can make work, sleep or everyday activities seem like torture -- while regular migraine attacks can completely disable you for days at a time. Medication may temporarily mute the symptoms, but they can't address the underlying issues that cause that pain to recur. For that level of relief, you need the natural, drug-free solution offered by our Roanoke chiropractor at Peak Performance Chiropractic & Wellness, Dr. Joshua Rhodes.
If you can call yourself a headache sufferer, you're certainly alone. An estimated 90 percent of all Americans experience headaches. While a tiny fraction of these headaches are signals of some other acute medical disorder, most of them belong to that broad category known as tension headaches. Tension headaches, so named because they are often associated with muscular tension in the neck, can vary in intensity and typically present as a persistent ache somewhere in the head or even behind the eyes. These headaches may come and go, but chronic headache sufferers may experience daily discomfort for weeks or months. Tension headaches may be created by cervical subluxations (spinal misalignments in the neck), TMJ and other musculoskeletal imbalances.
Migraines take head pain to a whole other level. These blindingly intense attacks may be preceded by odd warning signs ranging from constipation and depression to visual "auras" and tingling sensations. The migraine itself may cause severe, throbbing pains, vomiting, visual distortions, faintness, and hypersensitivity to light and sound. While migraines are hard to understand, it's believed that imbalances between the brain stem and the trigeminal nerve interfere with serotonin levels, altering intracranial blood pressure to create the telltale symptoms. Many internal and external triggers can set off these changes, from stress and menstrual cycles to specific foods.
Chiropractic adjustment and other conservative treatments from our Roanoke chiropractor can help you master your headache or migraine problem. The first step is to perform all the necessary intake, from asking you about your medical history and symptoms to evaluate your spinal alignment -- especially the cervical spine, where muscular tension can tug on a sensitive membrane called the dura mater at the base of the skull. Dr. Rhodes can administer gentle but effective chiropractic adjustments to relieve soft-tissue stress and possible nerve impingement.
Even migraines can be treated through conservative methods. Chiropractic adjustment can improve nerve function in the neck and head, thus helping to normalize trigeminal nerve signaling and neurotransmitter levels. We can also advise on dietary adjustments and other lifestyle changes to help you avoid potential triggers. Call 540-526-7479 today for a consultation so we can free you of headaches or migraines!