Whether you suffer from tension headaches cluster headaches or migraines, this pain can be incredibility debilitating and frustrating to treat. Conventional treatment methods rely on medication to mask pain symptoms. Unfortunately, for severe headaches, once the medication wears off, the headache pain is quick to return. The effectiveness of medication for migraine prevention is also limited. If you are searching for an effective alternative to medication for headache prevention and pain management, then you’ve come to the right place! Our Downtown Calgary chiropractors have decades of experience using chiropractic adjustments to successfully relieving headache-related pain. Additionally, our chiropractic care team has extensive experience treating high altitude headaches that are common among climbers and hikers.
Chiropractic Care Treats High Altitude Headaches
Chiropractic care is an effective solution for managing headache pain. Regular adjustments help to reduce the occurrence of headaches by addressing the underlying mechanical problems that may be triggering your headache pain in the first place. For example, a misaligned cervical spine is often the root cause for recurring tension headaches and cluster headaches. Tension headaches are incredibly painful; you may feel as if your head is trapped in a vice. Cluster headaches occur around the forehead and temples. These headaches can strike without warning, causing debilitating pain.
Scientific research shows that a muscle spam may trigger these headaches. When the cervical spine is out of alignment, it can place pressure on nearby nerves and muscles, including the RCPM muscle. This pressure can cause the muscle to spasm, triggering a tension or cluster headache. Chiropractic adjustments are a safe way to restore proper alignment to the cervical spine, relieving pressure on the RCPM muscle and reducing the likelihood for future headaches.
Chiropractic care is also helpful for managing migraine pain. Reduced oxygen flow is linked to migraine headaches. Maintaining proper spinal alignment makes it easier for oxygen-rich blood to flow freely to the brain, which may reduce the frequency of migraines. In addition to chiropractic care, our chiropractors also work closely with patients to identify lifestyle triggers. This includes low blood sugar, eyestrain, caffeine withdrawal, and certain foods like red wine. We create a lifestyle plan in conjunction with patients to reduce the likelihood for migraines.
Our chiropractors also have significant experience treating headache pain associated with altitude sickness. Despite numerous scientific studies investigating altitude sickness, the various triggers are not fully understood. The specific cause is a deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching body tissues; however, the underlying physiological processes underlying this deficiency are complex. The resulting headaches may be bilateral or concentrated to the frontal or fronto-temporal region.
While high altitude headaches are generally not dangerous, they are physically limiting and painful. Traditional prevention strategies acclimatization prior to initiating the climb combined with a slow ascent. Chiropractic care can play an important role in helping to reduce the risk for high altitude headaches by ensuring the spine is properly aligned.
To learn more about chiropractic care and headache relief, call Bankers Hall Chiropractic in Downtown Calgary at (403) 243-0111.