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Our Calgary Chiropractor Answers FAQs About Headaches and Migraines

A chiropractor addresses the underlying causes of head and body pain by restoring normal functioning to the spine and nervous system. Many chronic pain conditions, from headaches and migraines to herniated discs to carpal tunnel syndrome, can be successfully treated by your downtown Calgary chiropractor using one or more chiropractic procedures. The science behind chiropractic medicine involves restoration of vertebral subluxations or dysfunctional portions of the spine where vertebral bones have become misaligned and are compressing nerve endings. Once your chiropractor realigns your spinal vertebrae and removes this pressure, the nervous system returns to normal, pain-free functioning.

Man with severe headaches.

What are Tension Headaches?

Causing mild to moderate head pain, tension headaches often occur when your shoulder, jaw and neck muscles are held in a tight, contracted manner over an extended period of time. If you suffer recurring tension headaches when your upper body muscles have not been strained, you could have a subluxation of the spine. Other reasons for recurring tension headaches include anxiety, stress, sleep deprivation and eye strain. 

What are Symptoms of a Migraines Headache?

Much more painful than tension headaches, migraines cause the following symptoms:

  • Severe, debilitating pain that could last several hours or several days
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurry, distorted vision
  • Extreme sensitivity to light and noise
  • Intense, throbbing pain affecting one side of the head

Migraines are debilitating consequences of a misaligned spine, often forcing sufferers to lie down in a quiet, dark room until the pain subsides. Prescription migraine medications sometimes ease the pain but do nothing to prevent future migraine attacks. By applying several, evidence-based chiropractic techniques to the spine, your Calgary chiropractor can remove nerve compression and inflammation contributing to migraine pain.

What are Cluster Headaches?

Cluster headaches produce severe pain that targets the area behind and around one eye. This type of a headache may affect you several times a day for several months, only to vanish for some time before returning unexpectedly. Once you have experienced cluster headaches, they usually return at some point in your life.

What are Sinus Headaches?

Sinus headaches affect people with head colds, allergies or sinus infections. Pain associated with a sinus headache concentrates around the nose, cheekbones and directly above the eyes. Sometimes, sinus headaches are accompanied by fever, swelling, and earache. Medications that dry up excess nasal mucus and decrease swelling of nasal passages provide temporary relief of sinus headaches. Spinal subluxation may also worsen sinus headaches by irritating nerve endings extending from the spine into the body.

How Can Chiropractic Techniques Relieve Headache and Migraine Pain?

Specialized spine adjustments such as the Diversified Technique and the Gonstead Chiropractic Technique have provided headache and migraine sufferers with the long-term pain relief they have been seeking but never found with prescription pain medications. Cold Laser Therapy may also be used in conjunction with either the Diversified or Gonstead Techniques to further support the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments.

If you suffer recurring headaches and migraines and want long-term, drug-free pain relief, please contact Bankers Hall Chiropractic in Downtown Calgary today to schedule an appointment at (403) 243-0111