Migraine headaches are one of the leading causes of lost time, not only in America but around the world. The unpredictable episodes feature a range of symptoms beyond a headache itself, including sensitivity to light or sound. Visiting Drs. Sandy and Adam Elbaum at Chester Family Chiropractic Center in Chester, Virginia, can reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with migraines and other headaches.
In most cases, the causes of migraines aren’t known for certain. Attacks can be triggered by injury, stress, lack of sleep, weather changes and certain foods, such as wine, cheese, and chocolate. Family history seems to follow many who suffer from migraines and women tend to suffer more than men – up to three times as much. Migraines usually start around adolescence, but younger children can experience these as well.
Migraines frequently pass through four stages, though not all sufferers experience each of these. Prior to a migraine, the patient may notice things such as neck stiffness, increased thirst, mood swings, constipation or food cravings.
The aura stage occurs both before and during migraine episodes, though it’s not unusual to have a migraine without aura. These are nervous system symptoms, such as altered vision or other sensory disturbances.
The migraine attack itself lasts from a few hours to a few days without treatment. Pain may be on one or both sides of the head and may be accompanied by sensitivity to light, sound, smell and touch. Blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, and fainting may be issues for some patients.
The fourth stage, after the main attack, usually lasts a day or two and symptoms include a run-down or drained feeling. The sufferer may feel confused, weak, dizzy or moody. Sensory sensitivity may remain as well.
Chiropractic treatment, including adjustment of the spine, generally provides relief from any headache pain, not only migraines. Improved spinal alignment often reduces the number and severity of migraine attacks. The Chester Family Center provides ongoing wellness support to reduce the impact of migraines for their patients. Contact CFCC today to break the migraine pain cycle.
Drs. Sandy and Adam Elbaum at the Chester Family Chiropractic Center stay up-to-date on the latest methods for supporting neck alignment. As well as manual adjustments, CFCC offers massage therapy and exercise programs to extend the benefits of acute pain treatment.
Your neck has the significant task of supporting your skull, which weighs about 12 lbs. for the average person. That’s a major load on the seven vertebrae that comprise the cervical spine. With associated soft tissue, your body does a remarkable job carrying this top-heavy load, but the biomechanics required are frequently susceptible to injury.
Because of the physics of the load on your neck, suddenly forced movements frequently cause injury to the muscles and joints of the neck. This could result in strains, sprains, and whiplash. The muscles in the neck and shoulders respond by contracting. This results in pain, stiffness, and inflammation due to fatigue. In addition, nerves, joints, discs, and ligaments may all be damaged.
Simply growing older carries several factors that may aggravate neck health. Osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis and degenerating discs each carry a potential for increased neck pain.
Day-to-day life also puts added strain on the neck through poor posture or ergonomics. Any time that spinal balance is out of alignment, the neck may be forced forward to compensate. Postural stress extends tightness and pain into the shoulders, upper back, and arms.
There are a range of neck adjustment techniques for realigning the cervical spine. These range from gentle to active and accommodate a wide range of patient preferences and treatment targets. For those who don’t like the feeling of joint cavitation, many gentle adjustments and mobilizations provide pain relief without vigorous head movement.
Generally, acute neck pain originates from problems with the musculoskeletal system and its impact on the nervous system. When this is the case, chiropractic treatment is most appropriate. Massage therapy targets the muscles and soft tissues of the neck and proves effective in the support stages of treatment.
Chester Family Chiropractic Center accepts most insurance plans. Please contact the office to confirm if your insurance is accepted.