As one of the most complex locations on your body, the head and the brain can have pain that ruin your day, week, or life. This pain can be caused by a wide-range of problems, including inflamed sinuses causing sinus headaches, constricting blood vessels in the head causing migraines, and nerve issues causing such headaches as cluster headaches.
If you are experiencing headaches or migraines, you may be questioning whether medication and a physician or chiropractor will help you with your head pain. The best way to arrive at this decision is to find out what is causing the headaches in the first place. Finding the cause will help make this decision for you.
If the headache is caused by tense muscles, misaligned bones, or nerves that are being pinched, a chiropractor may be your best bet. Chiropractors are particularly good at solving problems with misaligned bones—particularly the spine and jaw—nerves that are being pinched by bones, or tense muscles. All three of these problems can be a primary cause of headaches that can be treated by chiropractors.
On the other hand, there are numerous causes of headaches that cannot be treated by physical manipulation alone. In cases like these, medication is absolutely required, coupled with active treatment. One of the largest causes of headaches are inflamed sinuses. While it would be nice to bring down the inflammation of the sinuses down naturally, more often than not the inflammation is caused by bacterial or viral infections, both of which need prescription medications to treat.
When it comes to migraines, however, a combination of both chiropractic care and physician prescribed medications can really help. Migraines can be caused by a mixture of chemical imbalances—solved by medication—changes in the brain stem’s interactions with the major nerves of the brain and spinal cord, and environmental factors like bright lights or loud noises. When migraines become chronic, prescription medications can help solve the chemical side of the problem while chiropractors can help solve the physically-induced causes of the migraine.
Ultimately, it is the suggestion of many medical professionals to seek help wherever it may lie. Most often, this is in the expertise of physicians in prescribing medications, but if chiropractic help can solve your head pain, you should absolutely consult one. More often than not, a mixture of different treatments—which often have to be experimented with over time—help solve major headaches and other pains you may be confronting.