Chiropractic care is an effective tool for treating tension, cervicogenic or TMJ-related headaches. Acupuncture treatment is useful in managing migraine headaches. Dr. Allen Chan, Dr. Casey Chan and Acupuncturist John Chen have extensive experience treating headaches.
In the case of tension or cervicogenic headaches, a misalignment of the neck joints is common, where abnormal strain is placed on the joints and muscles of the neck causing referred and radiating pain from the neck into the head. By adjusting (manipulating) the neck joints, the position and motion of the neck joints are normalized to reduce irritation of the joint, ligaments, muscles and nerves. Patients are also taught to reduce the incidence of tension headaches by reducing postural strain to the head and neck. They are also given rehabilitative exercises to strengthen the neck. This is a very common condition successfully treated by chiropractic.
TMJ-related headaches are also very common among our patients. Asymmetrical motion of the dual-sided jaw joints is associated with abnormal muscle strain/spasm. By correcting the muscle function, the jaw and its muscles can relax to normalize joint motion, reduce pain and nerve irritation. It is important in the treatment of jaw disorders to also assess teeth alignment and poor habits of grinding or clenching the teeth as well. The use of a bite guard is sometimes an option.
Acupuncture needling is often effective in treating migraine headaches. By balancing the body’s energy and blocking out pain signals, patients gradually see a reduction the intensity and frequency of their migraine headaches.
Both chiropractic and acupuncture are superb natural forms of healthcare for the treatment of headaches. They are safe forms of treatment when a patient is properly examined and treated.
Call Chan Chiropractic and Acupuncture for an appointment. (858) 484-0800