Dr. Lipman provides treatments to relieve headaches and migraines from his comfortable practice at Physical Evidence Chiropractic in Boca Raton, Florida.
Headaches Q & A
by David Lipman, DC
Why causes headaches?
Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints of people from across the world. They are caused by both medical issues and lifestyle factors. Some of the most common causes of acute and chronic headaches include:
- allergies, including food allergies and seasonal allergies
- chronic stress or anxiety
- high blood pressure
- injury or trauma to the head or spine
- sedentary lifestyle
- spinal conditions like arthritis or nerve impingements
- strain or tension in the muscles of the neck, shoulders and back
During an evaluation, the chiropractor will ask many questions about headaches and carefully evaluate the patient’s spine to determine the underlying cause. In addition to a physical evaluation and patient history, gentle movements of the neck and shoulders can help pinpoint the cause of many types of headaches to guide treatment and resolve symptoms. These questions and evaluations will allow the chiropractor to determine the best course of treatment.
What is a migraine headache?
A migraine headache is a type of a headache that is associated with severe pain and other symptoms, like nausea, increased sensitivity to light and sound, and often, visual disturbances called a migraine aura. Both vascular and nerve-related factors contribute to migraines, which can be debilitating. Chiropractic care can be an ideal solution for migraines since the techniques used in chiropractic care are designed to improve both circulation and nervous system function.
What methods does a chiropractor use to treat headaches?
Chiropractic adjustments treatments can help relieve headaches by removing nerve impingements in the neck and upper spine, relieving pressure and irritation. Deep tissue massage and myofascial release can also be used to release muscle knots or trigger points caused by excess, a cause of many types of headaches. Both adjustments and tissue manipulation techniques can also promote better circulation and lymphatic drainage, which are necessary for promoting optimal healing and helping rid the muscles and other tissues of built-up toxins. Chiropractors can also provide suggestions for lifestyle changes to reduce other contributing factors to a patient’s headaches. Patients who suffer from regular headaches should make an appointment with Dr. Lipman to determine if the misalignment is causing their discomfort and receive appropriate treatment.