If you find yourself with a headache more often than you’d like, rest assured that there’s a lot more that you can do than rest and take pain medication. When treatment for headaches is approached holistically, you can expect better long term results and additional secondary benefits to your overall health. Today, we will dive into some holistic remedies for headaches to help you get through your daily life with less pain.
Figuring Out the Underlying Cause
The first step in holistically addressing any type of pain is figuring out the true root cause of it. This way you can get sustainable results rather than simply masking the pain with short term remedies. Common headaches causes include poor posture, spine misalignment, stress, dehydration, diet, fatigue, injury and insomnia. Sometimes, the cause may be more sinister, such as cancer, a spinal cord injury, or aneurysm. The guidance of a well-trained health professional like a chiropractor can ensure you are getting the best treatment for optimal outcomes.
Chiropractic Care for Headaches
Most often, headaches stem from an imbalance- whether it be a literal one in the spine or from general poor health choices. A chiropractor can help you get on track with both of these issues, with less dependence on pain medications. A chiropractor certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is your best bet for getting top of line research based treatment and results for your headaches. The most common treatment options you will encounter with a CBP provider include the following:
- Lifestyle changes. Your chiropractor can recommend any needed changes to your habits. This might include drinking more water, stress management, relaxation techniques, diet, and exercise.
- Pain relief. Use of holistic modalities is a great way to reduce pain quickly to allow for better tolerance of other treatment options, such as ice, heat, traction, electrical stimulation, light therapy, and more.
- Spine adjustments. Spine misalignment is often a primary cause of headaches due to imbalances it causes with nerve energy and movement mechanics. A chiropractor is the expert for restoring alignment with adjustments and other education based treatments.
- Posture training. Poor posture in common with our primarily sedentary lifestyles- whether it’s from sitting at a desk, on the couch, in the car, or even with sleep. Your chiropractor can give you practical tips and exercises for improving your posture with daily activities.
Manual therapy. Hands on or tool facilitated massage techniques can help promote relaxation and enhance spine alignment.
Getting Treatment for Your Headaches
You don’t have to settle for dealing with chronic headaches that affect your quality of life. Getting the right care can help you get back to your favorite activities uninhibited. It all starts with finding a CBP certified professional that can do an in depth assessment and address the true cause of your headaches once and for all. Do your research and see if there is a CBP provider in your area.