Headache pain is common to most people, but a chronic, recurring headache might signify something much more severe. There are several types of headaches, two of the most common are:
Migraines are both problematic and debilitating: they can affect everything from vision to bodily functions, and can also cause painful sensations elsewhere in the body. Intense migraines can even affect mood and cause personality changes.
Each patient will have unique needs based on their particular symptoms. Dr. Curtis specializes in correcting the musculoskeletal source of migraine pain through the use of spinal manipulations, and many of his patients testify that his treatments significantly reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.
Dr. Curtis uses gentle, upper cervical adjustments to correct the misalignment of the occiput, atlas, and axis. His adjustments also realign the spine, improve spinal function, and alleviate stress in the nervous system (that's often responsible for tension in the neck and head). Corrective structural techniques, including proper posture, exercises, and relaxation methods, can also relieve any recurring joint irritation or tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back which may be causing the migraine.
Nutritional support is another treatment option; deficiency in vitamins and minerals can cause headaches. Dr. Curtis can provide nutritional advice and education, as well.
Sometimes, migraine pain won’t be evident when you come in for your evaluation or treatment. However, just because the pain isn’t registering, doesn’t mean the underlying cause has subsided. Because there are many reasons for migraines to develop, and at varying degrees, they often return if the underlying problem isn’t addressed. Dr. Curtis recommends a keeping a food journal and tracking frequency and severity of your headaches prior to your initial evaluation. This will help to establish a protocol to help put an end to migraines once and for all.
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