June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.

Now is an important time to start looking at the burden of headaches on the world.

Currently, headaches are one of the top 10 causes of disability and it has been estimated that about a billion people suffer from migraines.  With missed work, doctor’s bills and endless pill popping, you may be wondering how this epidemic can come to an end.

36 million Americans are migraine sufferers alone, that is approximately 88 hours of missed work and schooling per person, per year.  The migraine epidemic has gone far enough.  After all the lost work, medical costs and the your pain adding up, you may want to simply hide your head in the sand at the local beach, like an ostrich.  Luckily, there is a way out of this constant and burdensome cycle of pain.

How can I help my migraines?

migraine headachesModerate, chronic and acute headaches can all be caused by a subluxation, or a misaligned vertebra that causes inflammation thereby pinching a nerve.  This can specifically be the cause of headaches behind the eyes, near the temples, around the jaw and ears, or near your neck and shoulders.  Tension based headaches and migraines may not only be caused by stress tension, but by this pinched nerve.  This may also lead to other complications, such as moodiness, short temper, exhaustion and many other issues.  A chiropractor who specializes in headache relief, can simply alleviate the pinched nerve without medication and can reduce the reason for your headaches.

When should I see a chiropractor for my headaches?

You should see a chiropractor when you begin to experience frequent and persistent migraines for sure.  A migraine is defined as a painful and intense headache that can last hours to days and may even have visual symptoms as well.  Migraines may be triggered by noises, lights, alcohol, stress, smoking, caffeine and other drug withdrawal, hormone levels, certain foods and more.  Setting up regular visits with your chiropractor to alleviate nerve pressure from a sub optimally functioning nerve is ideal, as proper, continued treatment for your migraine headaches is the best way to eliminate them for good.

What can I expect from a visit?

A chiropractor specializing in headaches will first perform an initial detailed exam that will determine if you are suffering from the type of headache that can be fixed, and then will properly diagnose your problem. X-rays may be needed depending upon the type of headache you have as well as any additional issues that may be found.  Once the proper diagnosis is made, then additional treatments including a proper vitamin and exercise regimen can be determined.  Keeping the pressure off the injured nerves after your visit is key, and your doctor will give you tips on how to do this until your next evaluation.  After some time, your nerves will have learned to function properly and those tension and migraine headaches can finally become a thing of the past.

A chiropractor specializing in headache relief can help you put an end your migraine pain by striking the root of the problem.  It’s time to take control of your headaches and get rid of them once and for all.  Take the time before the end of this month to set up an initial consultation with your local chiropractic headache specialist and start living to your fullest, and painless, potential.