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Headaches and migraines are a big problem affecting a big chunk of the population. Tension headaches are the 2nd most common ailment worldwide, while over 37 million Americans suffer from migraines. If you're struggling with either or both of these conditions, you already know how drastically they can interfere with your productivity and overall quality of life. But you're not helpless against these chronic ailments -- not when you have Gallagher Wellness Center in your side. Our Tulsa chiropractor, Dr. Gallagher, can provide a variety of treatments and recommendations to help you feel comfortable in your own head again.
Tension headaches may be so common because there are so many ways for the muscles in and around the neck to become stressed and tense -- from emotional factors or injuries to chronic cervical alignment problems. This muscle tension can lead to the classic tension headache, especially if a muscle near the base of the skull called the RCPM gets involved. This muscle is attached to a highly sensitive tissue called the dura mater; when it goes into spasm it can tug on this tissue, referring pain throughout the head.
Migraines are harder to understand than tension headaches. Current medical opinion holds that changes in brain function cause serotonin production to drop, which in turn signals the trigeminal nerve to send out abnormal signals in the head. These signals take the form of intense, debilitating pain, often preceded by strange visual effects called auras. You may also be tortured by extreme sensitivity to sensory data, nausea, vomiting, confusion and dizziness. A migraine can be triggered by a particular food, a change in the weather, overexertion, medications, menstrual cycles and a host of other causes.
Our Tulsa chiropractor can help you get your headaches and/or migraines under control without constantly reaching for painkillers. The muscle tension behind your headache pain may respond to simple upper cervical adjustments that fine-tune the relationship between your skull and your spine. This small change can allow your neck muscles to stay more relaxed, keeping headaches at bay. Massage and essential oils can also play a key role in your treatment by promoting muscle relaxation and feelings of calm.
Our natural solutions can also help with migraines. Since migraines have their origins in a biochemical imbalance, chiropractic adjustments to normalize your nerve signaling might also stabilize this aspect of your physical function as well. Massage and other stress-busting techniques can help individuals for whom emotional stress is a migraine trigger. Our nutritional counseling can help you identify and steer clear of your particular dietary migraine triggers.
Take the natural path toward a life less troubled by headaches and migraines. Call us today for a consultation with our Tulsa chiropractor!