COMMON TREATMENTS OF A HEADACHE
The most common treatments are rest, medication, physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and other various conservative therapies.
While most acute bouts of cervicogenic headaches resolve on their own within a few weeks, the risk of recurrence is very high. It’s important to minimize varaibles and finally understand your headaches. If the headache is 50% driven by a mechanicial influence, e.g. positions and movements, then that is great information. A specific movement than becomes your first line of defense to battle your headaches. You will learn warning signs that a mechanical headache may be coming. Our goal is to prevent your headache all together!
Few individuals need surgery for CH. However, if the pain is debilitating and unrelenting after conservative options are exhausted, a “nerve block” or surgery may be necessary.
At Upstate Spine & Sport, we successfully treat headaches, and at the very least, you will understand your headache better, and the path to sustainable relief will become much clearer.
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT A HEADACHE
With all mechanical pain, there’s a ‘what’ and a ‘why’ — what the problem is and why it’s occurring in the first place. To achieve resolution, it’s crucial to not only identify and correct the problem at hand but address the behaviors which lead to the issue’s occurrence. Here are some self-help tips:
- Keep moving
- Avoid sitting for longer than 30-minutes at a time
- Sit with upright posture with lumbar support.
- Take micro-breaks: stretch, take a stroll, grab a snack, move around
- Sleep with one pillow supporting a neutral, aligned spine.
- Take mental notes of what you are doing when your pain feels better or worse to identify any behavioral patterns
STILL STRUGGLING WITH A HEADACHE? WE CAN HELP!
At Upstate Spine & Sport we initiate treatment for headaches by utilizing the Mckenzie Method (MDT). MDT is a proven system of examination, treatment, and classification of spinal, joint, and other musculoskeletal pain, backed by years of research, evidence, and practice. We then use hands-on care to speed this process up, releasing tight muscles and joints to get you back to what you love ASAP.
If your problem is something we are unable to treat, our assessment will tell us this within the first few visits, and then we recommend the next best course of action to find you a solution.
Greenville headache sufferers: you don’t need to spend another day waiting for relief from pain! Call Upstate Spine & Sport to schedule a neuromuscular examination for your headaches.
Dr. Jolson is also the only chiropractor in South Carolina certified in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, which he uses to strengthen the neck and core. He also uses Active Release Technique and other soft tissue therapies like FAKTR & the TheraGun. There are many different approaches to select from and he will find the right tool to get the answers you deserve.