More Americans complain about headaches than any other health condition, including back pain; in fact, approximately 45 million Americans say they suffer headaches each year. That’s one in every six people or more than 16 percent of the population. More than 8 million Americans visit their doctor seeking relief for symptoms of headaches each year. Unfortunately, the most popular treatment is over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medication.
The Spine and Headaches
Researchers have often noted the relationship between the spine and many types of headaches. For example, one study of 6,000 long-term (two to 25 years) headache sufferers revealed that neck injury (whiplash, falls) was the most important factor in the cause of the headache and should be suspected in every nonspecific cause of headache. What most people don’t realize is that mechanical dysfunction of the vertebrae of the neck will cause increased muscle tension as well as irritate the delicate nerves that control blood flow into the head. Improving the movement or alignment of the bones in the neck can relieve the pressure and irritation that results in headaches.The only type of doctors licensed to treat misalignments of the spine, including the neck area, are chiropractors, and the great news is that chiropractors have been getting great results with headaches.
Research Studies Show Chiropractic Helps with Headaches
A new Dutch study of chronic tension type headache (CTTH) compared treatment from medical providers in general practice (GP) to chiropractic. That study concluded that “Manual therapy is more effective than usual GP care in the short- and longer term in reducing symptoms of CTTH.”
Several years ago, a Canadian anesthesiologist, Peter Rothbart, MD, FRCPC, came to the same conclusions about headaches caused by misalignments in the neck. Dr. Rothbart made many observations in his own pain management practice which subsequently led to an article in the Toronto Star, the most widely read newspaper in Canada. The Toronto Star article, “A Pain in the Neck,” was subtitled: “Chiropractors were right.”
Getting Treated for Headaches in Augusta GA
If you’re suffering from headaches and are tired of taking pain-relieving medication day after day, call Augusta GA Chiropractors Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic at 706-814-5053 to schedule your complimentary consultation. Headaches are one of the most common health conditions that we treat, and during your consultation we can discuss if chiropractic is the right avenue of care for you.
A Real-Life Patient Success Story
Michelle was suffering for years with a combination of health problems, but the most frustrating part for her was that no one could help her. After being seen by a range of different doctors and physical therapists, she still had the same health problems, with no improvement whatsoever.
Her condition was not only affecting her daily life but also her quality time with her daughter. At times her condition was so severe that she had to miss work. Michelle knew she had to do something and find someone that could properly diagnose and treat her condition.
Frustrated with the lack of help from her military doctors, Michelle contacted Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic. After correctly diagnosing her condition, Dr. Huntsman formulated a treatment tailored for her specific condition. Shortly after starting care with Dr. Huntsman, Michelle is now pain-free and living the active life she had wanted for so many years.
“Let me start by saying that seeing Dr. Huntsman has been hands down the best experience I have had in dealing with my conditions and the only experience I have had that led to an actual diagnosis and effective treatment.
For nearly 3 years I’ve had headaches and back pain from my neck all the way down my lower back. I also had leg pain and issues with my bladder. On top of all of that I felt tired and fatigued.
I had seen multiple doctors in the military with none able or willing to treat my condition. I was just given muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory, and pain killing drugs, but that didn’t fix my problem. I also tried physical therapy, but still had the problems.
This was making it very hard to stay physically active and to do normal exercise or play with my daughter. When I would have a very bad spasm, I would have to call out of work because I could hardly walk!
After just four weeks of care at Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic, I no longer have headaches, leg pain or bladder issues. My energy levels are up and my back pain has had such great improvement that I really don’t even notice it that much!
I am able to do aerobic and strength training exercises daily with very little to no pain at all. I am able to play with my daughter continuously without having to stop or take frequent breaks due to the pain.
If you want to go to a chiropractor that offers a very nice and clean office, very warm and caring staff, and a doctor that makes it his mission to figure out your condition and take a very careful and calculated approach to treating your condition in a timely manner then Dr. Huntsman and Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic is where you NEED to go!“
The Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic Blog is written by Dr. Mark Huntsman.
Augusta GA Chiropractors Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic provides customized chiropractic care to the Augusta, Martinez, and Evans GA communities. Visit our main website at www.georgia-clinic.com for customized chiropractic in Augusta GA.