Chronic headaches affect nearly 40 million Americans, causing symptoms that can hinder your well-being and quality of life. At Kerinver Chiropractic, Josue Maysonet, DC, uses a holistic, whole-patient approach to headache management, helping patients find the relief they need for better health without relying on ever-increasing doses of pain medicine.
There are more than 200 recognized types of headaches; each type can have a different cause and present with various symptoms. Another underlying medical condition can cause some headaches — called secondary headaches.
Primary headaches happen on their own, without another underlying cause. These headaches include four types:
That last “catch-all” group in the above list gives an idea of how difficult it can be to pinpoint the cause of headaches — and it’s also a reason why a holistic approach can be so important and helpful.
Allergies or food sensitivities cause some headaches, while others get triggered by muscle tension and poor posture. Still others follow accidents and traumatic injuries, while cluster headaches and migraines may involve neurological causes, too. In every type of headache, chronic symptoms can lead to depression, anxiety, and other related problems.
Chiropractic care is uniquely suited for headache treatment because it uses a whole-patient customized approach based on the type of headache, the underlying cause, and the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Many types of headaches are caused or exacerbated by muscle tension, soft tissue inflammation, and poor posture. Tense, tight muscles in your neck or upper back can cause headache pain, especially if you spend a lot of time bent over a keyboard or phone.
Other headaches involve nerves and nerve compression in your neck, upper spine, or shoulders. Compression interferes with normal nerve signaling, contributing to painful headaches. Even stress can cause headaches, especially when it leads to muscle tension, irritation, and inflammation.
Dr. Maysonet uses various techniques to help relieve headache pain and prevent it from recurring.
Soft tissue manipulation relieves muscle tension and improves circulation in your neck and upper back, helping to reduce inflammation that can lead to chronic headache symptoms. Massage and other techniques focus on trigger points and tender, tight areas of muscle that are a primary contributor to many types of chronic pain.
Spinal adjustments use special hands-on techniques to realign spinal joints, relieving nerve compression that can lead to chronic pain. Regular adjustments also help prevent herniated discs, another source of nerve irritation that can lead to headache problems.
Posture issues affecting your neck can also cause many types of headaches, along with chronic pain in your neck, shoulders, and upper back. Dr. Maysonet helps you learn ways to improve your posture at work and in other environments through ergonomic changes and simple stretches and exercises.
Depending on the type of headaches you have and other factors, Dr. Maysonet recommends lifestyle changes, like improvements to diet, exercise, and sleep habits, to promote overall wellness and help prevent headache symptoms. He can also help you learn how to manage stress more effectively through relaxation techniques tailored to your lifestyle.
Headaches can affect your mood, appetite, sleep, and ability to work and socialize — just about every aspect of your life. To learn how our holistic approach to headache pain can help you find relief, request an appointment online or over the phone with the team at Kerinver Chiropractic in Kissimmee and Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida, today.