Struggling with Headaches or Migraines?
Having a headache is frustrating as it affects how you think, how you feel, and how you function. Most people assume that the headache itself is the problem but a headache is your body’s way of tapping you on the shoulder, saying ‘notice me, notice me’ to let you know that some part of your body is out of balance.
While most people tell you that popping pills temporarily fix the pain, it doesn’t deal with why you had a headache in the first place. At Chiropractic Balance in Porirua and Wellington, we ask ‘What is the cause of your Headaches?’
Do You Have a Headache?
- Associated with tension or stiffness in the neck
- Worse with certain activities or positions of the neck
- Related to stress or busy periods
- Tension at the base of the skull
- Occurring regularly
Chiropractic and Headaches
Cervicogenic Headaches have a cause originating from the neck due to an imbalance in the spine, muscles, and nerves (1). Medication may reduce the pain but it often doesn’t solve the underlying problem.
The good news helps is at hand: Studies have shown that chiropractic care can improve migraines and cervicogenic headaches (2). A 2019 study also showed that chiropractic was more effective than mobilization and exercises for cervicogenic headaches (3).
Our Chiropractors specialize in identifying and dealing with imbalances in the spine, muscles, and nerves. We want to give you the best chance to get out of pain and keep you like that so you can do the things you enjoy.
If you have headaches, at your first visit we will review your history and do a thorough examination to see if imbalance may be causing your headaches. If it is, we will begin working on improving it. But we don’t stop there, usually, the cause of headaches is multifaceted. We examine the rest of your spine and body to see if it’s contributing and look at your lifestyle for what might have caused the imbalance in the first place. We help you focus on making supportive changes that can include exercise, nutrition, posture, and well-being.
(2) Bryans R, Descarreaux M, Duranleau M, et al. Evidence based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headache. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2011; 34: 274-89.