Tension Headaches vs. Migraines in Loveland, Colorado
At Thompson Valley Chiropractic, we often see patients who complain of headache pain. Whether it's migraines or tension headaches, you may be surprised that chiropractic can help. Learn the difference of tension headaches vs. migraines, plus how we can help.
Tension Headaches vs. Migraines
Letting your local chiropractic know what your headaches or migraines are like, allows the Thompson Valley Chiropractors know whether your headache pain is from migraines or tension headaches. Tension headaches typically occur due to underlying tension in the head and neck region most commonly due to structural misalignments, poor posture or due to stress or anxiety. Tension headaches differ from, say, sinus headaches, which typically have underlying pressure of facial and sinus congestion. In these instances, structural misalignments may interfere with normal function of your immune system and normal sinus drainage. Like tension headaches, migraines can affect any part of the head and neck and be related to structural weakness within the spine and/or posture.
The chief distinction between migraines and headaches is that migraines usually have other symptoms, such as:
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Pain behind the ears or eyes
How Our Chiropractor in Loveland CO Addresses Headaches
At Thompson Valley Chiropractic, we use the Gonstead System Of Spinal Analysis and Management. Within the Gonstead System, we perform a hands-on evaluation of the spine. Our hands will feel where your spine is out of alignment, which may be an underlying uncorrected structural weakness. We'll also feel for signs of inflammation or swelling, other symptoms of a spinal subluxation.
Once we have a map of your spine, we'll make specific adjustments to restore your spine's natural alignment. This reduces muscle and nerve pressure allowing your spine and body to adapt a healthier physiology and more effective posture.
Millions of people across the country and world who suffer tension headaches and migraines find their headaches and migraines decrease in frequency and intensity when they begin chiropractic care. This happens because chiropractic adjustments refine proper structural alignment of the spine resulting in less nerve interference and muscular pressure. Once your nerve system is no longer under constant irritation and stress, many other conditions and symptoms start to clear up as well such as irritability, anxiety, depression, vision disturbances. The Thompson Valley Chiropractic approach is based on natural principles of healing and honoring the physiology of the body without the need for highly addictive pain medication.