Headaches affect ninety percent of Americans and vary widely in type and in intensity, however, the vast majority of them occur independently from any other ailment. But that doesn’t change the fact that having a headache is a problem that needs to be corrected.
When most Americans get a headache, they do what they have been conditioned to do their whole lives. They grab a bottle of over the counter pain reliever and take a couple pills and, if possible, they lay down for a little while hoping for the best. While the immediate problem may go away, there can be side effects and potential damage to the liver from taking too much pain medication. Over time the medicine becomes less effective, and some find themselves either taking an extra pill or two or going to the headache doctor in an attempt to get a prescription. If headaches are a consistent problem, many will turn to a migraine specialist in order to find a more natural headache treatment in NYC that can help not with their current headache, but that can possibly help to prevent or reduce the occurrence of future headaches.
While there are many types of headaches, including migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches, research shows that many have one important element in common. Their initial onset starts in the neck, which makes them good candidates for chiropractic and other natural headache treatment, including spinal manipulation/spinal decompression, physical therapy, and acupuncture. At NuView Health Medical of Manhattan, we are skilled in all these services and patients that come in complaining of headaches are assessed in order to determine what is causing their discomfort so that the most appropriate treatment can be administered.
Headaches happen for two general reasons. They are either primary headaches, which occur without any other major underlying problem or disease, or they are secondary headaches, which means they are a side effect of some other, possibly serious condition. Primary headaches are the most common, and most effectively treated through natural headache treatment methods. Secondary headaches may be a sign of sinus problems, brain injuries, tumors, or other disorders, and should be investigated by a medical professional.
The majority of primary headaches are either tension headaches or migraines, and either can cause a disruption to your life. At NuView Health Medical of Manhattan, we are more than just chiropractors or physical therapists, or experts in traditional therapies like acupuncture. We provide all these services, as well as sports medicine services. This means when your headache symptoms are evaluated, there is a wider range of treatment options available to you.
Both tension headaches and migraine headaches can upset your life, but the first step in treating your headache effectively is identifying which type of headache you have.
With a tension headache, there is usually a dull pain and a sense of tightness on the forehead or at the back of the neck and skull. Some pass on their own in around 30 minutes, but in some cases, they can persist for days. The pain associated with these headaches can range from mild to moderate and while they don’t affect your sense of balance, vision, or strength it can be more difficult to focus and function in your daily life, especially if the headaches happen often.
Migraine headaches have more symptoms, including nausea, vision and balance problems, and sensitivity to light and sound. In many cases, people who suffer from these headaches spend months or years seeing a migraine specialist in order to try and find a treatment that will help them.
With all of our natural headache treatment options, we look at possible causes of the pain, such as stress, injuries, or the lack of proper circulation of blood flow that manifests itself as a headache. We will also work with you to identify possible headache triggers. Migraines especially can be triggered by eating foods or being subjected to scents that you are either allergic to or have sensitivities to. Some more common triggers include alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and the food preservative MSG. In addition to treating your headache in a natural way that does not include drugs or medications, we’ll help you identify triggers, or teach you relaxation techniques to reduce the occurrence of both tension and migraine headaches.
Just because headaches are common, doesn’t mean you should suffer needlessly. NuView Health Medical is centrally located in Midtown in front of Rockefeller Center and we have immediate appointments available so we can get to work on finding the right headache solution for you. Contact us at (212) 588-0707 to schedule an appointment.
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