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Headaches are both a terrible nuisance and a regrettable common part of American life. Some 45 million people in this country complain of headaches every year, while up to 17 percent of the population is contending with the agonizing, debilitating symptoms of migraines. If ongoing pain is preventing you from doing your job or simply enjoying life, then you need to treat, not just the symptoms, but the underlying causes of those symptoms. That's where Cheuvront Clinic of Chiropractic & Sports Medicine steps in by offering drug-free headache and chronic migraine treatment in Matthews NC.
Most headaches are of the classic variety known as tension headaches. As you might suspect, these headaches are related to tension, but not so much emotional tension (although it can be a factor) as physical tension in the muscles of the neck and shoulders. Muscles tend to work together in groups, and tension the larger muscles can spread to the smaller muscles near the base of the skull. One such muscle, the rectus capitis posterior minor (RCPM) muscle, attaches to a highly sensitive membrane called the dura mater. When the RCPM goes into spasm, it pulls on the dura mater, triggering the pain of a headache. If you have chronic headaches, your neck muscles may be under constant stress due to a misalignment between your skull and your upper cervical vertebrae -- a job for our Matthews chiropractor.
Migraines involve a more complex chain of events, starting with unbalanced neurotransmitter levels in the brain. This imbalance sets off a reaction that causes cranial blood vessels to dilate. Emotional and physical stress are migraine triggers in many sufferers; others get migraines from environmental changes, lack of sleep, specific foods or beverages, or even flickering lights. Symptom (which can last for days) include excruciating pain, light and sound sensitivity, visual "auras," nausea and facial tingling.
Drugs may mask your symptoms temporarily, but they won't cure chronic headaches or migraines (and they may even cause "rebound headaches"). Our Matthews and Mint Hill chiropractor, Dr. Cheuvront, addresses any musculoskeletal issues that may be making your headache-prone. If we find a cervical misalignment, chiropractic adjustments can optimize your head position to resolve muscle stress and spasms. This stress relief can also remove a major potential migraine trigger while helping to normalize your nerve function; in fact, studies have shown that chiropractic care can reduce both the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. Our Mint Hill and Matthews chiropractor can also provide nutritional and lifestyle counseling to help you identify and avoid your particular triggers.
If you're ready to head off your chronic headaches and migraines, we're ready to help you make it happen. Call our chiropractor in Matthews at (704) 841-2200!