Can Chiropractic Treatment Relieve Your Headaches?
Almost everyone gets an occasional headache, but when these events become common or severe, it's time to seek treatment. This doesn't mean that you need to go to a headache specialist or endure invasive tests. Instead, you'll often find that the cause of your headache lies in how your head or neck bones are working. Therefore, relief can come from a surprising source, our chiropractor in St. Joseph.
Chiropractic Treatments can Alleviate Headaches
Headache pain is often referred from a source outside of where you're feeling the pain. St. Joseph, MO chiropractor Dr. Craig Mattox finds that problems in the neck and jaw are often responsible, so he will evaluate both of these areas when looking for this source.
Cervical Spine Manipulation
Often, both head and jaw pain originate in the cervical spine. The vertebrae and the discs between them can become damaged by impacts, a habit of bending the neck downward, and other repetitive activites. When there are problems here, your chiropractor in St. Joseph will manually manipulate the bones in the area to bring them back into alignment. This helps relieve the irritation to the neck and the nerves within, thereby relieving your headache pain.
Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is your main jaw joint. Pain from it can be referred to the head, so it can also be the source of your headaches. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that you need a dentist to fix it. In some cases, the joint is problematic because the cervical spine is sending it the wrong signals. If it turns out that this is the case, neck treatments will quite possibly fix both problems.
We will ask you some questions about your lifestyle during your consultation so that we can spot any habits that could be causing your distress. If we spot any, we'll suggest helpful solutions to help reduce your problems and prevent their return.
To be evaluated for chiropractic causes of headache pain, just give us a call here at St. Joseph Chiropractic. Our number is 816-279-0700 and we offer a FREE spinal exam and consultation.