Headache is the second most common symptom treated by a chiropractor. (Lower back pain is first). Approximately 70% of men and 80% of women get headaches in one form or another. Over 90 % of headaches can be classified into 3 categories:

  • Tension-type
  • Migraine
  • Cervicogenic

Tension-type headache - If you have mild to moderate pain on both sides of the head often described as tight, stiff, constricting - like having something wrapped around your head and pressing tightly, you probably have a tension-type headache.

Migraines - they are periodically severe, throbbing headaches that afflict far fewer people (and more women than men), usually hurt on one side of the head, can cause loss of appetite, nausea and even vomiting, and may involve a visual change called an aura.

Cervicogenic headache ("cervico" - neck, "genic" - originating from) - a musculoskeletal form of tension-type headache (which may also be related to migraines). Many times, cervicogenic headache goes undiagnosed as such due to the relative newness of this classification.

Most headaches are not signs of serious underlying conditions, but they can be very distracting, debilitating and account for significant amounts of time lost from work.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective drug free treatment for headaches

Dr. Douglas has had considerable success relieving the cause of headache pain and releasing headache sufferers from the dangerous vicious circle of taking ever-larger doses of ever-stronger painkillers that may even be causing new and worse headaches.

Chiropractic adjustments have shown to be as effective and even more effective than medications in reducing the severity and frequency of headaches. Chiropractic is particularly successful dealing with cervicogenic headache. Even though cervicogenic and other tension-type headaches may not actually involve stress or muscle tension, chiropractic's ability to adjust spinal abnormalities seems to lessen or remove the forces contributing to many individual's headache pain.

Chiropractic care is considerably safer than taking nonsteroidal anti inflammatories, or NSAIDS (over the counter drugs such as aspirin, Ibuprofen and Motrin). You are 200 times more likely to experience a serious complication from taking NSAIDS daily or almost daily (>2-3 times per week) for headache pain relief, than from chiropractic treatment for the same problem.

Dr. Bryan Douglas is a chiropractor treating conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, headaches, and disc injuries in Emporia.
Dr. Bryan Douglas is licensed as a chiropractor in the State of Kansas.

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