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Chiropractor Capelle & Vlaardingen

Chiropractic for headaches en migraines

Causes and treatment of headaches

Research shows that chiropractic care can have a significant impact on the frequency and severity of headaches.

Migraines and headaches are often associated with problems related to posture, movement of the cervical (neck) joints and tension in the muscles and fascia. The first two cervical vertebrae often play a crucial role in tension headaches because this area is full of small and important muscles, nerves and arteries.
A blockage or dysfunction in the movement of these two joints can affect all surrounding structures and can lead to pain radiating from the neck to different parts of the head, as well as jaw pain, tinnitus or even dizziness.

Chiropractic helps by correcting blockages in the neck joints, improving the way you move and overall posture. This leads to a reduction in muscle and fascia tension, improved movement, mobility, and reduced pain.

The effect of posture on neck and back pain, as well as headaches

Posture is often a problem directly related to headaches, as well as other complaints such as neck and shoulder pain. Working at the computer, slouching, writing, texting are all activities that many of us do daily that bring our body’s center of gravity forward. When our posture is good, our head remains balanced on top of our shoulders, where minimal muscle work is required.

When the head is moved even slightly forward, the pressure on the muscles at the back of the neck and in the upper back is quickly doubled, tripled and even quadrupled. As a result, the muscles become overworked and the joints tighten, creating areas of tension and pain.

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Stress as a trigger for headaches

Stress, mental or physical, often plays an important role. Stress in itself is not what creates or exacerbates headaches, how our bodies react and deal with stress does.

On one hand, it can lead to an increase in blood pressure, which can be a trigger, but on the other hand, it leads to a marked change in body posture. When we are stressed, our body feels threatened. Our shoulders tighten, our neck locks up and our back muscles become stiff. This can lead to a worsening of already existing postural problems and stiffness, pain or imbalances that are already present, and intensify them or even create new ones.

How can chiropractic help with headaches?​

A chiropractor is an expert in the spine and in the treatment of physical complaints in the joints, muscles and surrounding structures.
Our comprehensive approach begins with analyzing and correcting dysfunctions, blockages, in the joints of the spine and the rest of the body, so that the body regains balance and optimal function.

For long-term improvement, we strive to correct all 4 of the following factors:

1. Correction of blockages and dysfunctions in the joints.

Through specific chiropractic treatments, such as manual mobilizations or the use of instruments and the chiropractic table, the movement of the joints is corrected and restored to its optimal position.

2. Tension in the muscles, tendons and fascia

In some cases, the chiropractor will loosen specific areas of tension in the muscles or fascia using dry needling or another treatment technique. A visit to the masseuse or a referral to one of the physiotherapy practices we often work with may also be recommended if the tension is significant.

3. Strengthening of specific postural muscles

Once the base of your body, the spine and pelvis, start moving better, we can identify the key areas that need strengthening. The chiropractor will prescribe an exercise plan to accomplish this when necessary.

4. Improvement of postural habits

It is then important to identify what can trigger a relapse or build up tension in your muscles and joints, and try to optimize this as much as possible.

In many cases, tension will eventually build up again, our bodies are not made to sit at a computer all day or perform heavy and repetitive tasks.

5. Maintenance

It is incredibly difficult to have a perfect lifestyle, with low stress, good nutrition, great posture and plenty of exercise every day.

Maintenance treatments can help keep the movement of the joints in your spine optimal and release tension before it becomes symptomatic again. Most symptoms build up over weeks or months and this means that major problems can often be prevented!

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Schedule an appointment directly online, call us or send us a message

It's quick and easy to schedule your first treatment

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We will contact you with all the information that you need for your first visit

You will receive an email with a link to a health form and information about the practice

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Your chiropractor will thoroughly examine your symptoms and then perform initial treatment

Start feeling better and moving immediately!