| We’ve all been there. Your head begins to throb and you begin to feel tingling and pain. You begin to feel irritable and sensitive to your environment, especially light and sound. Worldwide, it’s estimated that one billion people suffer from at least one migraine headache each year. While some headaches are a product of dehydration or stress, in most cases, a headache is a result of your neck or spine being out of balance. What is a headache and how is it caused? A migraine is an intense throbbing headache that may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Migraines are usually set off by triggers (such as an odor, strained muscles, or poor posture). Headaches usually start to occur when the number of triggers reaches a threshold. For many chiropractic patients, the common cause of a headache is the upper cervical tendon and joint rescrictions. Additional causes of headaches include subluxations (misalignments of the spine), poor vision, sinus issues, change in sleep routine, brain tumors, concussions, and brain freeze (think of eating Ice Cream!) Can Chiropractic care help relieve headaches? Researchers from Harvard Medical School found that migraine headache patients who received chiropractic treatment and care in addition to usual medical care experienced, on average, two fewer migraine days each month, compared to those who did not receive chiropractic co-management. Additional research shows that patients receiving chiropractic care experienced a significant reduction in migraine intensity and nearly one in four participants reported greater than 90% fewer attacks. Chiropractic care and spinal manipulation have demonstrated similar effectiveness but longer-lasting benefit and fewer side effects than the medical therapy amitriptyline. Thus, as research shows, seeing a chiropractor can have tremendous success in your pain relief and headache relief. Many chiropractors adjust the upper cervical vertebrae (C-1 and C-2) to relieve headaches, eye strain, and the typical migraine triggers. Schedule a Chiropractic appointment for headache relief If you’re ready to find some relief, schedule an appointment today with Tulsa Chiropractor Dr. Curtis Smith. Simply fill out the form below, or call our office to schedule a same-day appointment: 918-836-7900. You do not have permission to view this form.