Headache Relief Bloomington, MN
Headache Relief in Bloomington, MN. What do you do when you get crushing headaches and migraines? Immediately reach for the bathroom shelf for a fever reducing pill? Lie down? Try to power through and go about your day, knowing it's going to be hard for you to be productive? More and more people in the Bloomington area and throughout the Country are turning to chiropractic care as their go-to option for headache relief. If headaches are not allowing you to live the life you want to, call us today at (763) 568-7869 or contact us online.
Headaches We Offer Relief For in Bloomington, MN
Headaches are classified in over 150 distinct ways. Those 150 are divided into two categories: primary headaches, which are not the cause of an underlying health problem but are the focus of treatment, and secondary headaches, which are caused by underlying conditions like cancer, trauma to the head, hypertension, or an ear infection. Bloomington, MN chiropractors normally help find headache relief for headaches that are not caused by an underlying condition. There are four common types of those headaches:
Typically, but not always, migraines cause pain on only part of the head. An estimated one-eighth of the population experiences migraines, and a quarter of those cases are migraines with aura, which are sensory disturbances that are warning signs that a migraine is about to onset. Aura's usually last between 5 and an hour and can include:
- Blind spots
- Seeing Shimmering spots or stars
- Partial loss of vision
- Muscle fatigue
- Difficulty finding words
Once a migraine starts, symptoms include nausea, extreme sensitivity to light/sound, and pain in the face or neck. The level of pain can vary in severity, and a migraine can last just a few hours to almost three days. Anyone who's suffered from migraines knows how difficult they are to handle.
Migraines are a frequent cause of vertigo, which is not only painful but increases chance of injury because it leads to imbalance.
These are highly prevalent and are often associated with muscle tension in the neck. Also referred to as "hatband" headaches because it feels like a tight band is going around your head, most people will experience a tension headache in their lifetime. They usually onset with a pressure-like symptom that progresses to a dull pain, and can last from 30 minutes, to hours, or even days. Beyond pain, other symptoms include tenderness around your upper body from the shoulders up, pressure behind the eyes, and sensitivity to light and sound. Tension headaches can be equally debilitating as migraines, and often can come from or lead to migraines.
Cluster headaches are acute headaches and often come in 30 minute to two-hour "clusters" over a period of 24 hours. At their worst they can cause as many as eight episodes per day. Symptoms include:
- Intense burning pain behind one eye
- Watering eyes
- An inflamed eyelid
- Nasal discharge
- Sensitivity to light/sound
Hemicrania continua is a type of headache condition that causes constant pain that can last for months and that can vary in severity but is only felt on one half of the face. You can experience mild pain with episodes of significant pain. They have symptoms very much like migraines, but also commonly include a runny nose, a drooping eyelid, red eyes or tearing, and eye pain.
Secondary headaches are due to outside factors, such as an exertion headache after intense physical activity or training, or a caffeine headache from suddenly stopping drinking coffee. Allergies or sinus infections also cause headaches. While people in Bloomington, MN most often seek chiropractic care for primary headache relief, seeing a chiropractor can be an essential part of overall health that can help dissuade secondary headaches as well.
Why Do Headaches Happen? | Bloomington, MN Headache Relief
An estimated 60% of people with migraines have at least one parent who also had the condition. Lifestyle choices like intense exercise, no getting enough sleep either one night or consistently, posture, and insufficient nutrition can contribute to the frequency and severity of headaches. External elements like certain lights, sounds, certain aromas, stress, a whiplash injury from an auto crash, and even the weather also frequently cause headaches.
In the modern world, most people in Bloomington, MN are more sedentary than their ancestors. Many of us spend much of our day sitting at a desk, pointing our necks down to look at a phone, laying down to watch TV, or otherwise fixed in one position. We're always looking at screens and other electronic instruments that can cause our eyes and heads to hurt.
But what is happening in the body to that makes these factors cause headaches? A sedentary lifestyle, and outside elements negatively affect the joints and soft tissue of the neck, shoulders, and upper back, and can result in the bones and joints of our spine being out of place. Joints that can become misaligned are the C1 and C2 vertebrae, the highest two joints of our spines. That misalignment leads to cervicogenic headaches that affect the nerves that help your back, shoulders, neck, and face tissue communicate with each other, making headache relief necessary.
How a Bloomington, MN Attorney Can Help With Headache Relief
As headaches are mainly a condition of the nervous system, chiropractic care provides effective headache relief by helping your nervous system function more smoothly. Medications are what a lot of us Bloomington, MN turn to for headache relief, but in actuality overuse of headache medication can lead to medication overuse headaches.
More and more people are instead why chiropractic care is a great option for headache relief. One study reported that headache disorders are the third most common reason people seekout a chiropractor. Our Bloomington, MN chiropractic clinic can offer enduring headache relief with the following treatment methods:
- Your first visit— When we first see you, we'll carefully examine your joints and spinal cord and take an X-ray to rule out other possible causes of your headaches and make sure chiropractic care is safe for you.
- Chiropractic adjustment — A spinal manipulation is the primary practice of any chiropractor in Bloomington, MN. If there are no complications causing chiropractic care to be unsafe for you, our experienced chiropractor will manipulate your joints with their hands and small instruments in order to correct your alignment, improve your your posture, and allay disruption in your nervous system caused by spinal misalignment.
- Message Therapy — A message of your neck, upper back, and shoulders will further alleviate the tension at the root of your headaches and smooth out any scar tissue. Massage therapy also helps in headache relief by releasing dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin to reduce stress.
- Further Education — Chiropractors are able to find the causes of headaches, in both your spinal cord and in your daily life. We'll help you with tips on your lifestyle to use in between your chiropractic adjustments, such as eating healthier, improved posture, light exercise you can do to correct imbalances, and teach you healthy ergonomics.
Our business is called Total Spine Health & Injury Center for good reason. There are many things we can do to get you living your best life.
Other conditions we treat in Bloomington, MN include:
- Herniated Disc Treatment
- Work Injury Treatment
- Family Chiropractic
- Massage Therapy
- Auto Accident Chiropractors Near Me
- Chiropractic Adjustment
- Whiplash Treatment
- Migraine Treatment
Bloomington, MN Headache Relief | Total Spine Health & Injury Center
Sometimes, it is difficult for us to understand how good you are really capable of feeling until you receive professional chiropractic treatment in Bloomington, MN. We take a holistic view of headache relief so that headaches do not have to be a part of your daily or weekly life. If you're seeking lasting headache relief in Bloomington, MN, or believe a chiropractor may be able to help you in other ways, give us a call today at (763) 568-7869 or contact us online.