Headaches and Migraines

Headache & Migraine Treatment

Are you suffering from constant headaches and migraines? Dr. Gary Martin, our Irvine Chiropractor, and his staff can help you. Below are more facts about headaches and migraines and how we can help.

woman with a headache

The Difference Between a Headache and a Migraine

Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches. 75% of people who get headaches suffer from tension headaches. A tension headache feels like an ache on one or both sides of the head that lingers for a time, for 30 minutes to several days. They usually begin at a slow pace and then linger on for a while.

Other types of headaches include cluster headaches, sinus headaches, chronic tension headaches, and episodic tension headaches. These all vary in causes and how strong the headaches are, although the most intense type of headache one can have is a migraine. 

Patients with migraines often experience  severe, throbbing headaches with sensitivity to light/sounds and feelings of nausea.

Common Causes of and Reasons for Chronic Headaches and Migraines

There are several causes and reasons for chronic headaches and migraines. Tension headaches are usually caused by spinal misalignments causing nerve irritation (subluxations) in the neck and upper back, whiplash, and overall muscle tension in the neck area.  Subluxations are  often caused by poor posture, previous untreated injuries or an overload of physical/mental stress.

Migraines can be caused by neck subluxations too.  Nerves control constriction and dilation of the blood vessels in the brain.  When nerves are irritated by subluxations, the blood flow to the brain can either be too much or slowed down, which is why some people have visual symptoms of a migraine. External stresses on the body causing subluxations include certain triggers like eating certain foods, not getting enough sleep, changing weather patterns, excessive mental stress, lights that flicker, and strong smells. 

How a Chiropractor Can Help Manage and Treat Headaches and Migraines

Dr. Martin can help manage and treat headaches and migraines in several ways. Specific chiropractic adjustments can alleviate pain and other symptoms of migraines and headaches. Chiropractic adjustments involve gently moving the spinal vertebrae so that they are aligned properly with one another. This alignment can relieve pressure from other parts of the body, and eliminate the pain you may be experiencing from your headaches and migraines.

Dr. Gary Martin and his staff would be happy to help relieve your pain from migraines and headaches. After your first appointment, where you can go over your history and pain symptoms, we can give you a diagnosis and discuss your treatment plan.

Headache & Migraine Treatment Appointment

Make an appointment today with us. You can visit us at Dr. Gary Martin, our Irvine Chiropractor, 4330 Barranca Parkway, Suite 150-B  Irvine, CA 92604. You can also make an appointment over the phone by calling (949) 559-7999.


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