If you have been suffering from headaches for any length of time, you know how debilitating they can be. There are many treatment options available to those with headaches, I’d like to review headache treatments and talk more about the most popular choices in treatment.
Over The Counter Medications
Most people turn to OTC medications as their first option in trying to alleviate a headache. Things like tylenol, advil, naproxen are the most common. These will help to lessen the symptoms and get relieve your pain. The issue I have with this as a treatment, is yes, they get rid of your symptoms, but they do not correct the reason why you had the headache in the first place. Ultimately, if the cause of the headache is not corrected the headaches will return and can become chronic in nature.
No, you did not read that wrong. The FDA has approved Botox injections as a safe treatment for people who suffer from chronic migraine headaches. The Botox is injected into different sites in the head and neck muscles to relieve tension and pressure. The interesting thing about these treatments is that the most common side effects of this treatment are, neck pain and headaches! This attempts to get to the root cause of the headaches by relaxing the muscles, but what happens when the Botox wears off? You guessed it, the headaches come back. Check out the WebMD article on Botox: WebMD
Chiropractic treatment for headaches is all about getting to the root cause of the problem. The majority of headaches come from tension and pressure on the joints and muscles of the neck. Where Botox falls short, is that the muscles attach to the spine and when the muscles are tight it is because the alignment of the spine is off. Chiropractors will detect where the alignment issue is, and correct that. Therefore allowing your body to heal, feel and function better! This means no more headaches! Headaches are the second most common complaint I see in my office and we have tremendous success with it!
If you are sick and tired of suffering with headaches, give us a call and let us help you truly CORRECT it once and for all.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Steven Bourdage DC