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Anyone can experience an isolated headache at some point in their lives -- but if you're getting them all the time, some underlying cause obviously needs to be identified and treated. Tension headaches can significantly limit your productivity and quality of life, while migraine headaches can totally disable you for days at a time. The good news is that you don't have to regard these symptoms as inevitable or accept partial, temporary relief from drugs. Either Topeka chiropractor here at Bolz Chiropractic, Dr. Timothy Bolz or Dr. Anna Bolz, can provide you with safe, effective, drug-free headache and migraine treatment.
Tension headaches and migraines are fundamentally different, although in some respects their symptoms and triggers may overlap. The tension that triggers so many headaches is actually originating, not in the head, but in the neck and upper back. Neck and upper back muscles can become unnaturally tight when emotional stress or a misalignment between the head and the neck places them under strain. Since some of these neck muscles are attached to highly sensitive membranes near the skull, muscle spasms that tug at these membranes can set off a diffuse pain response throughout the head. This is a tension headache.
As bad as tension headaches can be, migraines are even worse. These mysterious attacks have many causes, but some seem to be associated with unbalanced serotonin levels that cause trigeminal nerve dysfunction and swelling of cranial blood vessels. These changes produce devastating headaches, nausea, visual displays called auras, and sensitivity to light and sound among other symptoms -- and they can last for up to 72 hours, or more! Like tension headaches, they can be triggered by emotional or physical stress; other triggers include foods, hormonal changes, weather changes and other factors.
As you may know from experience, medications can do nothing to prevent a headache and migraine attacks from recurring. If you want more natural, lasting migraine and headache relief, turn to Bolz Chiropractic. Your chiropractor in Topeka can identify even small cervical spinal imbalances that are causing your head to sit unevenly on your neck. Correcting these imbalances can stop the neck and upper back strain that produces many tension headaches.
Even migraines respond to our safe, natural techniques. Studies show that chiropractic adjustments can reduce both the frequency of migraine attacks and the severity of migraine symptoms without drugs. Correcting your cervical alignment removes the trigger of physical stress while also normalizing nerve and systemic function. Your chiropractor can also provide nutritional counseling to help you eliminate migraine triggers from your diet.
Don't let a tension headache and migraine issues keep from enjoying and participating in everyday life. Take control by taking steps toward safe, natural relief. Call Bolz Chiropractic at 785-272-2090 today to set up a consultation, evaluation, and treatment from your trusted chiropractor in Topeka!