Headaches Q & A

What causes headaches?

Headaches are often described are debilitating pain and nothing helps. Traditionally both over the counter and prescription strength medication treat headaches and migraines.  These medications help dull or numb the pain, but rarely fixes that cause of the pain.  At Virginia Family Chiropractic, we find and treat the cause of the headaches.  For example, a headache can also be a symptom of a larger issue such a slipped disc. When the cervical vertebrae (spine at the neck) become misaligned it often creates headaches that can recur until proper treatment is administered to the underlying problem.

Symptoms of headaches and migraines can vary anywhere from back pain, eye tension, irritability, depression, and even slight hallucinations.  When a person is experiencing a severe headache or a migraine, they will often avoid light, loud noises, become lightheaded, and nauseous.

How are headaches diagnosed?

Headaches are diagnosed with an examination, which includes a range of motion test, orthopedic tests, muscle tests, and neurological test. The doctor will also palpate the affected area, and take X-rays based on medical necessity.  If further testing is necessary to diagnose the problem, the Dr. will then order an MRI and/or CT Scan as necessary.

How are headaches treated?

Time and time again doctors of chiropractic are changing lives.  A misalignment in the spine creates pressure on the nerves and by aligning the spine and removing the pressure, the occurrence of headaches can be minimized and stopped all together.  Just like patients go to a dentist in order to prevent cavities and ensure the optimum health of their teeth, chiropractors can do the same for your spinal nervous system.  Chiropractors do not just move “bones” but take care of the nervous system.  Why is this so important?  Because the nervous system controls everything in your entire body.