Spinal misalignments in the neck and upper back are often the root cause of migraines and headaches. As vertebrae shift out of place, it can tighten surrounding muscles and affect the blood flow in the major arteries of the neck. When these major arteries are restricted, it inhibits continuous blood flow from the spinal cord to the brain, resulting in chronic or acute headaches. At Doyle Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we provide holistic treatment methods to remove headache triggers and encourage healthy blood flow within your body. As a licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Cody Doyle will create a customized treatment plan to help alleviate painful symptoms.
Common Types of Headaches
Headaches range in pain and frequency and can be caused by a number of lifestyle and health factors. Below are the most commonly treated headaches at Doyle Chiropractic & Acupuncture:
- Tension Headaches: This type of headache is the most common amongst adults. As the least severe, side effects generally do not prevent you from completing normal daily activities. It is estimated that around 80% of men and women experience tension headaches in their lifetime. Symptoms include a dull ache on one or both sides of the head and behind the eyes. Pain can last anywhere from a few minutes or extend out over the course of several days. They are often triggered by hunger, lack of sleep, poor posture, and stress. In some cases they can also be a lasting result from an injury or trauma to the muscles and vertebrae in the upper back and neck. Managing stress levels, improving your posture, and routine chiropractic adjustments can help control tension headaches.
- Cluster Headaches: This type of headache occurs in short bursts of pain, typically only on one side of the head, followed by watery eyes and nasal congestion. The level of pain is similar to migraines, but because they are shorter in duration, they are not as severe. Although they can occur multiple times a day over the course of a week, it could be months or years before you have a reoccurrence. Although the exact cause has not been identified, they tend to be linked to seasonal changes and a disruption in the trigeminal nerve located in the face. Routine chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture can help minimize pain and prevent reoccurrence.
- Sinus Headaches: When sinuses become inflamed as a result of allergies or infection, pressure will begin to build up behind your forehead, nose, cheeks, and throughout your face. Some patients even experience pain in their jaw as a result of sinus pressure. This pressure is often followed by facial swelling, runny nose, congestion, and fever. Depending on the severity of your allergies and infection, symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Acupuncture can help reduce inflammation within your sinus cavity to alleviate pressure.
- Migraine Headaches: This type of headache can be extremely debilitating and negatively impact your daily activities and quality of life. Symptoms include intense pain on one or both side of the head and behind the eyes, followed by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise. Patients generally experience flashes of light in the peripheral vision before the onset of a migraine. Pain can last for several hours over the course of a few days and occur multiple times a month. Triggers tend to include lack of sleep, stress, poor diet, hormone imbalance, strong odors, and environmental factors. Managing your lifestyle habits and visiting Dr. Doyle for routine chiropractic care and acupuncture can help prevent future migraines.
Experiencing a Migraine or Headache?
Knowing what triggers your headaches can help lessen their re-occurrence and possibly prevent them altogether. During your consultation, Dr. Doyle will determine the root cause of your headaches with a detailed medical examination. Don’t let migraines and headaches keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. Contact Doyle Chiropractic & Acupuncture today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Doyle. We care for patients from North Fort Worth, including Trophy Club, Grapevine, Southlake, Argyle, Keller, NRH, and Justin.