Headaches are Common
We all have a headache on occasion, but some people experience them more often. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of every 20 adults in the United States suffers from a headache nearly every day, and one in seven adults experiences migraine headaches on a regular basis.
Medications can provide temporary relief from headaches, but they do not solve what’s causing them. That requires finding and treating the root cause. At Upstate Spine & Sport, we take an integrated approach to headaches with chiropractic services to help you resolve and recover from your headache pain.
The Different Types of Headaches and Their Causes
Common causes of headache pain include migraine, mechanical, postural, physical activity, visual, anxiety, poor diet, and lack of sleep. The ones we see most often are migraines, cervicogenic, mechanical neck pain, and tight muscle pain.
What Are Migraine Headaches?
Medical science has yet to settle on a specific cause for migraines, which are intense headaches that usually begin in the forehead, side of the head, or around the eyes. They can last for hours or even days. Common migraine triggers include stress, bright or flashing lights, loud sounds, and strong smells.
What Are Neck Pain Headaches?
Neck pain usually results from our day-to-day repetitive tasks. When the pain changes as you move, we refer to it as mechanical neck pain. Often, stiff muscles and limited range of motion are present as well. Range of motion must be restored of the cervical spine to solve mechanical neck headaches.
What Are Tight Muscle Headaches?
Lower back pain is the most common complaint we treat at Upstate Spine & Sport. Over 80% of Americans experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Headaches and neck pain are a close second, and they almost always have a muscle component, usually coming from the neck muscles, suboccipital muscles, or jaw muscles.
An Integrated Approach to Treating Headaches
Upstate Spine & Sport offers integrated medical treatment to provide the highest standard of non-surgical care. We problem-solve the headache and never just put a band-aid on the issue. We want sustainability and more active pain-free lives.
Treating Migraine Headaches
Very effective for migraines, acupuncture is a painless procedure in which we insert sterilized needles into nerve-dense areas under the skin’s surface to trigger positive bodily responses. Other treatments used in our integrated approach to headaches include physical therapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy.
Treating Neck Pain Headaches
Most acute instances of neck pain resolve within a few weeks. We recommend starting with our chiropractors so they can guide you in your care. We have many methods to treat headaches and neck pain which include active release therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and other ongoing techniques to prevent the pain from coming back.
Treating Tight Muscle Headaches
Poor posture and movement habits cause mechanical imbalance. Muscles tighten in an attempt to reestablish proper alignment. Nerves lead to the head becoming irritated by the tight muscles, and headaches result.
Our integrated approach to headaches and tight muscle pain includes the McKenzie Method (MDT), a proven system of examination and treatment. We incorporate hands-on physical therapy and chiropractic care with other therapies, including rest, medication, and massage to release tight muscles and joints.
Getting to the Root Cause
Often, the most significant risk of a new injury is a previous injury that didn’t heal properly. In other words, if you’ve injured your body once, it could happen again if proper recovery methods aren’t taken. Medications provide temporary relief but do not address the root cause of your headaches.
You may have already sought care from a chiropractor in Greenville, SC, with results that didn’t meet your expectations. The integrated healthcare team at Upstate Spine & Sport does not use one-size-fits-all pain treatments. Each individual is different and requires a unique treatment plan.
We will assess your pain and develop a plan specifically for your situation. We want to get you back to your best life as soon as possible while treating the root cause to prevent reoccurrence.
Headache Treatment in Greenville, SC | Upstate Spine & Sport
Our goal is to help you feel better so that you can live a healthier, more functional, and active life. Upstate Spine & Sport’s integrated healthcare team provides chiropractic services, massage therapy, acupuncture, pelvic floor therapy, and fascial stretch therapy to relieve patients of headaches and other pain throughout their bodies.