Headaches—how can something so “normal” be so painful?
More than 80% of the population struggles with headaches at some time, and millions suffer from them on a regular basis. A minor tension headache can drain the joy out of your favorite activities, and a cluster headache or migraine can disrupt your life for hours or even days at a time.
There’s usually one thing you want above all when you have a bad headache: relief! Thousands of people rely on over-the-counter medications to temporarily dull the pain. But while painkillers do provide temporary headache relief, over-dependence on medications leave you vulnerable to the drugs’ side effects and other health risks. And in the end, medications only mask the symptoms but don’t treat the root cause of the headaches themselves—meaning that in many cases, the problem will never really go away.
Chiropractic care is a natural, non-drug solution that provides relief for 85% of headache types. As Dr. Mruz explains in this video, problems with the vertebrae in the neck, especially at the base of the skull, can strain muscles, nerves and blood vessels. This strain in turn can create different kinds of headaches, including tension headaches and migraines.
Chiropractic adjustments can restore vertebrae to their correct position, alleviating the strain on muscles, blood vessels and nerves. We’ve seen hundreds of patients at Eastside Chiropractic see dramatic reductions in the frequency and intensity of their headaches.
Not only does a chiropractic adjustment give many of our patients quick relief from headache pain, it also addresses the root causes so that over time, headaches cease to be a regular part of their lives.
Below you’ll find articles from our blog that deal with headache relief, as well as video testimonials from two Eastside Chiropractic patients who have found freedom from their headaches and migraines.
If you’re suffering from headaches or migraines, contact us for a free consultation. We’ll work to determine the cause of your pain and discuss ways we can help you find relief.
How will your life change when your headaches are gone?
I know, you’ve been suffering with your headaches every day at work. Time spent over the computer workstation just seems to magnify the pain and your shoulders seem to just lock down after just a few hours of sitting there at the keyboard.
I’m Dr. David Mruz, and I’ve been helping people overcome their headaches for over 30 years. Yes, you’ve heard that chiropractic helps headaches, but you’ve also heard that “once you start going, you can’t stop”, or “chiropractors keep you coming back.” Have you ever heard the joke about how many chiropractors it take to change a lightbulb? Just one … but it’ll take you 40 visits!
Although funny, jokes like this come from a cultural experience with some perceived negative. Does it really take 40 or 60 or 80 visits anytime you need chiropractic treatment? Of course not.
I’ll be the first to admit that I understand the frustration with the concept of multiple visits associated with chiropractic treatment. The fact remains, though, that I can’t fix 20 years of abuse and neglect with one treatment. The number of treatments that may be required for each case is dependent upon many factors. Your history of injuries, surgeries, sports, genetics, occupation, exercise, weight, diet, hobbies, etc. all play a role in the amount of treatment necessary. The length of time that a particular condition has been developing is also extremely important when trying to develop a treatment plan. Every aspect plays a role in determining reasonable expectations for the amount of care necessary to help resolve your headaches.
Perhaps more important than the above factors is this question:What are your goals as a patient?
If all you want is to “feel better,” then a few appointments may be all that is necessary. But, keep in mind that how things feel is not always a good indicator of how things really are. Did you know that the most common first symptom of heart disease is … death? There are thousands of people walking around Greenville with severe heart disease or cancer who have no symptoms and think they’re fine.
In the same sense, your spine and nervous system has an ability to adapt and compensate for degeneration and joint dysfunction in an effort to decrease symptoms. Think about it: from the time you learned to walk and had your first trips and falls, your parents taught you how to ignore pain. “Shake it off … be tough … work it out …” From a very early age you were taught to ignore your symptoms! The end result is that you ignore the warning signs that would allow you to fix a problem while it was small and easy to resolve. Ultimately, by the time your body had lost its ability to compensate any further, you may enter my office and say, “I’ve only had this headache for a week.” Well, actually, you’ve had a challenge for much longer, but your body finally gave up a week ago.
If your goal is resolving the reason for why your headache appeared, then feeling better is only a small part of my rationale for care. Obviously, my first goal will always be to minimize or get rid of your pain. After that, you have choices to make. I can dig deeper to determine what led to your headache pain in the first place, and then recommend rehabilitative care and/or lifestyle changes that may be necessary to get you beyond the need for people like me and your medical doctor when you have a headache. What could that look like? It could include regular stretching and/or exercise at home, dietary restrictions, supplements, physical therapy, and ergonomic changes at work or home.
Beyond that again, it depends on your goals. Let’s use a real-life example: If you wish to keep your teeth healthy, you would agree that regular brushing, flossing, the use a mouth rinse, and a visit to the dentist a couple times a year regardless of symptoms would go a long ways toward maintaining your dental health. However, if you’ve not been taking care of your teeth, whether by a lack of maintenance or by abusing them with sugary foods, then your dentist may have some work to do.
In the same fashion, if you wish to remain physically active with a healthy and strong body, you must regularly exercise, eat properly, reduce stress, get plenty of rest, and visit me once in a while regardless of symptoms. The same examples from our dental analogy apply here. If you’ve taken care of yourself, there is often very little for me to do, but this gives me an opportunity to catch problems before they escalate to something that ultimately hurts. In each example, dental or chiropractic, you’re going to need care sooner or later. You can either take care of yourself and see the dentist regularly (prevention) … or you can wait for your teeth to fail and require root canal work (crisis care). In the same sense, you can either take care of yourself and see me for check-ups (prevention) … or you can wait until you need major drug intervention to be able to “do life” (crisis care).
But why choose me over every other chiropractor in Greenville? Yes, I’ve been around for a while, and I’d like to say that experience means something. But I have also made it my life’s work to keep up with every new technology in my profession. For headaches, there is very little that can compare to treatment with the ProAdjuster instrument. I’ve included a video illustrating the ProAdjuster. If you would like to find out more, “request a consultation“, and let’s get to work on fixing your headaches!
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