Chattanooga, TN Headaches

Do you live in Chattanooga and suffer from serious headaches? If you're looking for a remedy to your headaches, read on to find the cure! But first, read what others are saying about True Wellness Chiropractic and see if we're a good fit for you!

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Headaches & Migraines

What do dehydration, TMJ irritation, and stress all have in common? By the title, you probably can guess. All of these physiological factors cause tension headaches.

There are more types of headaches than just tension-related, such as migraine, disease-related, or cluster headaches. However, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), only five percent of headaches result from an underlying disease. Ninety-five percent of headaches can be taken at face value, and most of these are caused by tension.

The solution seems simple—reduce tension in your daily life, right? Sure. But we can probably all attest to the reality that this is much easier said than done.

Here are some causes of tension headaches:

  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Keeping the head in one position for a long period of time, such as when on the computer, sewing, reading, watching TV, etc.
  • Sleeping or laying in positions that twist the neck

You can probably see the solutions here. Drink more water, reduce stress, don't grind your teeth. We can talk more about these lifestyle choices in a moment. But what you need to know is that home remedies are not the only solution and in fact, may not even be the most effective. Chiropractors can help relieve tension headaches almost instantly.

According to the ACA, a North Carolina-based study showed that after receiving spinal manipulation treatment by a chiropractor, patients with headaches caused by tension in the neck felt relief almost immediately.

The spinal manipulation solution works because when tension is in the neck, it is usually due to a misalignment of the vertebra. When vertebrae get out of line, they pull surrounding muscles with them, and muscle stiffness and nerve pain result.

What chiropractors offer and medications cannot is the placement of these vertebrae into their original locations. This frees up the attached muscles and stops nerves from sending pain signals.

What patients need to understand is that the spine is an interesting bone structure. When your hips swivel, there are muscles that pull it back into place. The spine has no muscle to correct its position. This is why patients need an external force to put the bones back into place.

The next time you feel a tension headache coming on, do a few things:

  • Perform low-impact exercises
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water per day
  • Do not touch the top teeth to the bottom teeth except when chewing
  • Take stretch breaks every 30 minutes when you perform a task that has you in one position

But do one more thing: make an appointment with your local chiropractor. His touch to your neck bones may not only solve your tension problem immediately, but it will most likely prevent many more headaches in your future, making your life more pleasant.

If you want to experience this life-changing pain alleviation, schedule an appointment with us today.

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