Treating Headaches With Chiropractic Care

Treating Headaches With Chiropractic Care

Headaches can be about your body communicating that something is wrong with your physical health. It may be difficult to focus when your head is at constant war with your peace.  But just imagine what a relief it would be to take out that pounding pain by having a chiropractor relieve it without the use of painkillers.


Types of Headaches

The more you understand the types of headaches there are, the better it is for you to manage the problem.

  • Contraction Headaches

These are the generic kinds of headaches. They are also known as tension or stress headaches. With it, you will tend to be sensitive to light or sound. This type of headache is characterized by pain on both sides of your head, leaving you feeling as if a tight belt were tied to your head or as if something were pushing your head, neck, and face.

  • Migraines

This type of headache is characterized by throbbing pain that keeps building up on one side of your head. Walking or talking can make the pain worse. Unlike contraction headaches, you might be nauseated and sensitive to certain smells.

  • Cluster Headaches

These headaches occur suddenly and cause throbbing pain on one side of your head, usually behind the eye. They often happen at the exact time of the day for a couple of weeks. The pain normally lasts for three hours and is worst during the first 5 to 10 minutes after it begins.

  • Sinus Headaches

This headache is characterized by having nasal congestion, pain in your face, and having watery eyes. The pain normally gets worse when you lean forward.


Chiropractic Care in Treating Headaches

Chiropractors can treat headaches through a procedure called chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation. 

They could use a small instrument or their hands to apply a sudden and controlled force to the patient’s spinal joint.  The goal of this procedure is to improve your spinal motion together with your body’s physical functioning.



The chiropractic adjustment is safe when performed by a licensed and certified chiropractor. The risks are generally rare but may include the lower spinal column’s nerves getting compressed.

Do not go for the procedure if you have:

  • A severe case of osteoporosis
  • A known risk of stroke
  • Cancer in your spine


How You Can Prepare and What to Expect

There is no special preparation needed before going for the chiropractic adjustment. But you should expect your chiropractor to perform a physical examination on your body, as well as go through with questions about medical history. You may also undergo certain tests like having X-rays.


During and After the Procedure

During a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor usually gets you to lie face down on a well-padded table. The chiropractor may use his or her hands to deliver a quick but calculated force to a back joint, coaxing it beyond its usual range of movement.

You may experience minor side effects after the procedure, such as pain in the specific parts of your body that were treated, fatigue, or a headache. But this subsides after a while.

For more on treating headaches with chiropractic care, visit ABQ Family Chiropractic at our office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can call (505) 658-0300 today to schedule an appointment.

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