Headaches are an everyday reality and frustration in the lives of many adults. Headaches can range from mild and brought on by specific circumstances to severe migraines, which take an individual completely out of commission due to the pain they cause. Most chiropractic practice members are at least vaguely aware that their chiropractor can offer solutions to problems like headaches, but they don’t know the extent of the pain that can be alleviated through chiropractic adjustments.

Common Types of Headaches 

There are several different types of headaches with a variety of causes and types of pain. The most common type of headache is the tension headache. These are headaches brought on by normal life conditions such as trouble sleeping, elevated stress levels, not drinking enough water, and even spinal misalignments.

A sinus headache is brought on by a buildup of sinus pressure in the area behind the face. This pressure causes a throbbing pain and typically goes away when the sinus issues have subsided. Chiropractic adjustments are a great way to relieve sinus pressure and sinus headaches.

Cluster headaches stem from the nerves in the head and face. When they become inflamed or pinched, the entire head can feel a sensation of pain. Chiropractors are experienced in helping to heal nerve pain, so they can often provide notable relief to cluster headache sufferers.

Migraines are severe forms of headaches. They come with all the traditional signs of headaches, but with the additional debilitating symptoms of blurry vision, vomiting, disorientation, and sensitivity to light or noise. Most individuals take medication to address these types of headaches, but chiropractic care can actually be far more effective both short-term and long-term when dealing with migraines.

Chiropractic Adjustments Can Provide Meaningful Relief

Dr. Micheal Bryan is a Johnson City chiropractor who can provide results in your efforts to reduce your headache symptoms and pain. Painful headaches are generally looked at by those who suffer from them as inconvenient inevitabilities that will always plague otherwise healthy adults from time to time. With this mindset so prevalent among adults, it is little wonder that most fail to find relief from their headaches and just resign themselves to deal with them. When a chiropractor such as Dr. Micheal Bryan of Integral Chiropractic gets involved, he adjusts the spine in order to bring about spinal alignment. When the spine is properly aligned, the central nervous system is able to communicate properly and send signals as it is meant to, meaning the body functions more optimally. When the spine is properly aligned and the central nervous system is working as it should, problems like headaches become incredibly rare and far less severe than when spinal misalignments are present.

Take Steps to Reduce Your Headache Pain Today

Headache prevalence often relates to stress experienced by the individual, consider reducing areas of stress in your day-to-day life. If you or someone you love suffers from headaches on a regular basis, contact Johnson City chiropractor Dr. Micheal Bryan at Integral Chiropractic to schedule your appointment today! Integral Chiropractic serves the greater Johnson City, Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Kingsport, TN areas. Our team will be happy to help you begin the path to a life free from the stress of chronic headaches.

 

Sources

Berner, N., DeMaria, C. “Improvement of Migraines in a Child Following Cervical Curve Correction Using the Pierce Results System.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2013 June: 47-53.https://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/2017/09/10/improvement-of-migraines-in-a-child-following-cervical-curve-correction-using-the-pierce-results-system/

“Headaches and Chiropractic.” American Chiropractic Association. https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Headaches-and-Chiropractic

Kelly, D.D., Hold, K. “Resolution of Vertigo, Migraines and Neck Pain in a 12-Year-Old Boy Receiving Chiropractic Care – A Case Study.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2010 Sept: 150-153. https://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/2017/09/11/resolution-of-vertigo-migraines-and-neck-pain-in-a-12-year-old-receiving-chiropractic-care-a-case-study/

If you’re a parent, you’ve likely experienced the common but unpleasant phenomenon of an ear infection. Typically found in children six and under, ear infections can be a normal childhood ailment, but they can also lead to complications and, in some cases, surgery. Antibiotics are often prescribed to aid recovery, and while efficient and effective, they can also cause harmful side effects. Each year, 500,000 children have a surgery to implant tubes in their ears due to chronic ear infections, but they rarely eliminate the problem altogether.  If your child is exhibiting symptoms of an ear infection or continually suffering from them, chiropractic care is a proven way to address these concerns without the same dangers as many other treatment options.

What Is an Ear Infection?

An ear infection occurs when the Eustachian tubes are blocked, cutting off the connection between the back of the throat and the middle ear. As we age, these tubes tilt and become less likely to clog, but a child’s Eustachian tubes are parallel to the ground, making them particularly susceptible to poor drainage.

A backup of fluid can cause bacterial growth and result in a bacterial ear infection. In this case, doctors may prescribe an antibiotic to get rid of the infection. However, sometimes the ear infection is viral, in which case it cannot be treated with antibiotics. Doctors may give pain medication to help relieve the discomfort of the infection, but the viral infection simply must resolve itself on its own.

For both types of ear infections, chiropractic care can lead to long-term relief for your child. The very top bone in the spine is known as the Atlas bone. When out of alignment, this bone can directly impact the Eustachian tubes and cause a fluid backup. A proper adjustment can lead to fluid draining quickly and provide long-term relief of symptoms and chronic ear infections ailing your child.

Stopping Ear Infections for Good

While medication can provide some relief, they do not address the root cause of the issue. The Eustachian tubes remain susceptible to blockages, meaning that ear infections will likely come back time and time again, creating long-lasting discomfort or the need for drastic measure such as surgery. Chiropractic care addresses the vertebrae that surround Eustachian tubes, adjusting them to allow fluid to drain properly. Studies indicate that by performing a gentle adjustment, chiropractic care can align the spine in such a way that ear infections are much less likely to occur going forward.

If your child is experiencing his first ear infection or his one hundredth, visiting a chiropractor should be one of your first considerations.

Dr. Micheal Bryan is a Johnson City chiropractor who offers a wide range of services, including spinal adjustments for children. He has been able to successfully eradicate ear infections in many pediatric practice members. You can find Dr. Bryan at Integral Chiropractic, which serves Johnson City as well as Kingsport, Jonesborough, and Greeneville, TN. Contact the office for information on pediatric chiropractic services and to find your child relief from ear infections.

 

Sources

Cohen, A. & Fedorchuk, C. “Resolution of Chronic Otitis Media, Neck Pain, Headaches & Sinus Infection in a Child Following an Increase in Cervical Curvature & Reduction of Vertebral Subluxation.” J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, June 2009 (1-8). https://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/2009/06/17/resolution-of-chronic-otitis-media-neck-pain-headaches-sinus-infection-in-a-child-following-an-increase-in-cervical-curvature-reduction-of-vertebral-subluxation/.

Snyder, B.J. & Zhang, J.Q. “Effect of the Toftness Chiropractic Adjustments for Children with Acute Otitis Media.” J. Vertebral Subluxation Res., March 2004 (1-4). https://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/2017/09/10/effect-of-the-toftness-chiropractic-adjustments-for-children-with-acute-otitis-media/.