Do you experience headaches? You’re not alone. Some headaches are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain. Were you aware that chiropractic research shows that spinal manipulation, a type of care provided by chiropractors, may be a very effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck? However first, you first need to find out what is causing your problem. Headaches have many causes, or “triggers.” These may include foods, environment (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (lack of sleep, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). The vast majority of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease. What can a chiropractic doctor do? We can examine you and evaluate your spinal mechanics. We can perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function to alleviate the stress on your spinal system. We can provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of certain vitamins. We can offer advice on body mechanics, posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. Chiropractic doctors know how to relieve tension and fixation in the spine. This lack of motion and function relates to problems in other parts of the body. However if your headache is symptom of a health problem that needs the care of another medical discipline, we can also refer you to an appropriate specialist. Talk or make an appointment with one of us about other ways reduce your headache and improve your lifestyle. We are trained and licensed to examine and treat the entire body with specific emphasis on the spine, nervous, and musculoskeletal systems.