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Headaches & Migraines FAQs

Our chiropractor in Atlanta regularly treats individuals with severe headaches and migraines.

What causes migraines?

Migraines can be caused by hormone changes. For women a fluctuation in estrogen can trigger a migraine, which makes them more prone to migraines before and after their periods as well as during pregnancy and menopause. Certain foods and drinks can trigger migraines. Stress can increase the likelihood of a migraine, and neck injuries, whiplash and concussions can also cause migraines.

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

Migraines cause blurry vision or loss of part of the visual field. Some migraine sufferers report seeing spots or completely losing the vision in one eye right right before a migraine. Migraines also cause sensitivity to light and sound as well as dizziness.

What causes tension headaches?

Tension headaches start in the upper shoulder and back of the neck. This causes inflammation in the muscles and soft tissues and can affect blood flow to the head. Stress also plays a part in the frequency of tension headaches.

What are the symptoms of a tension headache?

Tensions headaches cause dull throbbing pain on the side or top of the head. The scalp and shoulders also become sensitive to touch or pressure.

How do spinal adjustments help with headache pain management?

In some instances, severe headaches can be caused by minor misalignments in the spine. These misalignments interrupt the nerve signals sent to and from the brain. By realigning the vertebrae, we help your nervous system function better and reduce inflammation in the soft tissues of the back.

How does hydro-massage help alleviate headache pain?

Hydro-massage uses water pressure to massage the muscles and soft tissues of the back. During this treatment, you will lay on the hydro-massage bed while water rhythmically pulses through the channels in the padding. When your muscles are relaxed, they are less prone to tensing, which reduces headache frequency.

How does nutrition advice help with headaches?

Headaches can be triggered by certain foods and additives. Our chiropractor can help you eliminate common food triggers from your diet to see if there is an improvement in your symptoms. We can also recommend dietary supplements and nutrition plans.

Is there anything I can do to alleviate my headaches?

Individuals with severe headaches or migraines should practice good ergonomics. They should not remain in a fixed position for long periods of time. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day has also proven effective at reducing headaches. Our chiropractor can give you more lifestyle tips for naturally controlling your headaches.

How many sessions will I need before I noticed a difference in the severity and frequency of my headaches?

The number of sessions depends on the severity of your headaches and the causes. Some individuals only need one or two sessions before they start to feel better. Other individuals need several weeks of sessions before they notice a reduction in their head pain and symptoms.

If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (404) 634-1669 today!