• Headache Pain
  • Headache With Neck Pain
  • Migraine Headache
  • Tension Headache
  • TMJ and Facial Pain

Headache is a very common pain complaint.  It is estimated that 45 million people in the U.S. experience chronic headache pain.  There are several types of headache.  The most common are tension headache, migraine headache, sinus headache and cluster headache.  Different types of headache pain respond best to different treatment approaches.

By the way, I suffered chronic migraine headaches

during my growing up years until a chiropractor helped me get relief when I was in college.  I’m happy to say that I have not had a migraine headache since then but I still remember how terrible they were.  I understand how bad it can be and that’s why helping people with headache pain, whether it is migraine or another type of headache, is important to me.  I know that many people can get headache relief using natural means instead of resorting to strong medications or surgery.  I know because it has been commonplace in my office for over 35 years.

Dehydration can cause headache pain.

So, if you don't drink much water, try increasing your water intake as a first self care step.  Notice that I didn't say to drink soda, coffee or martinis - drink pure water.  Try drinking between 6 and 8 glasses of water filled with 8 ounces daily.  6 glasses for a smaller framed person.
8 glasses for a larger framed person.

Migraine headaches are characterized by moderate to severe throbbing or pounding pain which can vary in location.  Sometimes the pain is behind or above an eye.  It can involve both eyes.  Sometimes the pain is in the back of the head.  It can expand to involve the entire head at times.  Bright lights, movement and loud noises aggravate migraine pain.  Nausea, vomiting, blurred vision or tingling sometimes accompany migraine headache pain.  It can be difficult to concentrate or process information while having a migraine.  Sometimes, migraine headaches are hormonally related and occur in sync with a woman’s menstrual cycle.  Migraines occur when blood vessels in the head expand and the pounding pain is from blood pulsing through the inflamed and pain sensitive vessels. 
Migraine headaches generally respond very well to treatment using the Activator instrument where there is

"no cracking, popping and twisting of the neck"

as there is in traditional chiropractic treatment methods.

Chronic migraines which have not responded to other forms of treatment can be caused by poor digestion which has developed into "leaky gut syndrome."  Compromised digestion leads to partially digested food reaching the intestines.  The bacteria and yeast that normally live there will use it as a food supply.  The problem is that the waste products of the bacteria and yeast are inflammatory to the lining of the intestinal wall.  The gut wall becomes inflamed and more porous to these inflammation agents.  They cross the intestinal wall to enter the circulatory system traveling throughout the body only to cause chronic migraines and other apparently unrelated health problems.   This is more common than most doctors realize and if the doctor isn't looking for it, the digestive origin of the problem won't be correctly diagnosed and treated.

Tension headaches are caused by sustained muscle contraction in the head and/or neck which cause a constant aching pain.  You can think of muscle tension headache as a partial spasm of the involved muscles as compared to a full spasm like a charlie horse.  The most common locations are the back and side of the head but tension headache can also occur in the front of the head.  If the muscle tension is caused by structural imbalance in the neck and/or head, chiropractic treatment is likely to help relieve the problem.  Correcting poor posture practices, such as the "head forward posture" while at a computer, are important.

Sinus headaches:  If you have sinus headache pain, you experience a deep, dull, aching pain in the front of your head and face which may be throbbing at times.  Your face may be tender to touch in places.  These headaches are caused by inflammation in your sinuses (air-filled cavities around your nose, eyes and cheeks).  Sinus headaches can be worse in the morning because mucous may collect during sleep and increase pressure inside the sinuses.  These headaches often begin after having a cold.  Allergies can also trigger sinus headache pain.  Sinus headaches can be difficult to diagnose, however, because the symptoms of sinus headache can be similar to the symptoms of tension headaches and migraines at times.  Rinsing the sinuses with saline using a NeilMed Sinus Rinse Kit can be helpful home care.  Addressing allergies with Loomis Enzyme Therapy can also be helpful.

The Activator Method is appropriate care for patients with headache pain who have not found relief from other treatments (including chiropractic).

If you have headache problems and would like to meet with me to personally discuss your situation, I offer a free consultation visit.  This visit is a 15 to 20 minute appointment.  The purpose of this time with you is to advise you concerning your health problems using my 30+ years of professional expertise.

Call for your appointment today.

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55 North Pond Drive, Ste. 2
Walled Lake, MI 48390
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