About 15% of adults in the United States experience severe headaches or migraines, and a recent survey found that about one in five respondents has multiple headaches per month. Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for some headache pain. Dr. Casey Walker and the team at R2 Medical Centers in Lowell, Indiana, can evaluate your situation and help you begin a life with less pain. Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment.
Primary headaches are conditions on their own, not symptoms of other, underlying problems. Some types of primary headaches are:
Secondary headaches are those that are caused by some other problem. Some secondary headaches include:
Headaches due to concussion
The most appropriate treatment plan for your headache depends on the cause of your pain.
Chiropractic adjustments are especially useful for treating tension headaches and cervicogenic headaches -- those caused by problems in the neck.
Cervicogenic headaches are notoriously difficult to treat, and medications are often not helpful. A study published in 2017 compared three groups of people with cervicogenic headaches. One group received chiropractic adjustments, the second received “sham adjustments” or placebo, and the third received standard treatment that did not involve manual manipulation.
The group receiving chiropractic adjustments experienced the most improvement, suggesting that chiropractic care is a safe, effective treatment for cervicogenic headaches.
Physical therapy or rehabilitation may be the best treatment option for relieving your headache pain. However, it’s important that an experienced clinician identify the treatment plan that’s most likely to work for your individual situation.
A review of recent published studies found that physical therapy is most effective for certain types of headaches. Tension and cervicogenic headaches appear to respond better to physical therapy than other types, and the treatment of migraine with physical therapy is somewhat controversial.
A typical physical therapy session for headache pain is likely to involve manual therapy, exercises to strengthen the neck and shoulders, or education on posture and neck position.
Depending on the type of headache, massage may be an effective treatment. The group of muscles in the neck called the suboccipitals work in concert with the muscles of the jaw to keep the head balanced. These muscles can become overworked and develop trigger points or small tight knots or spasms.
Some people find relief from migraines with massage therapy. Massage can improve circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and help you relax.