Chiropractic Care

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Stress, poor posture, and working a desk job can all lead to misaligned spinal bones, putting pressure on the neighboring nerves and causing headaches and migraine symptoms. The interventional pain management team at Advanced Headache Center is specialty-trained to provide chiropractic care for subluxations affecting nerves, muscles, and even the blood flow to your brain. With chiropractic care, we adopt a more natural approach to headache relief, emphasizing manual treatments such as spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation. Our NBCE board-certified chiropractors’ primary goal is to eliminate headache pain and assist you in better managing your condition at home.

What is Chiropractic Care?

A board-certified chiropractor is a doctor that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and the negative effects they can have on general health. Chiropractic care can be a very effective treatment for headaches. Spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system can reduce headaches and even eliminate them.

Chiropractic care can determine whether the headache may be caused or aggravated by any misaligned vertebrae in the spine, a condition known as a subluxation, which may be creating undue nerve interference. It makes sense that body manipulation could affect the frequency and intensity of migraine flares because stretching and adjusting the bones, joints, and body tissues can impact the way blood vessels function (throbbing blood vessels being the physiologic root of a migraine headache).

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What Techniques Do Chiropractors Use?

Chiropractors are trained professionals specializing in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems, particularly those that affect the spine. They use a variety of techniques to help alleviate pain and improve function in their patients.

The approach to patients suffering migraine headaches may include:

  • Spinal manipulation involves the use of quick, forceful movements to realign the vertebrae in the spine and improve mobility.
  • Mobilization involves slower, gentler movements that are used to stretch and mobilize the joints in the spine and other areas of the body.
  • Soft tissue therapy typically involves other techniques such as massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release to help alleviate tension and improve mobility in the soft tissues of the body.
  • Stretching and exercise help improve flexibility, strength, and range of motion in the affected area.
  • Electrical stimulation involves the use of mild electrical pulses to help alleviate pain and improve muscle function.
  • Ultrasound therapy uses high-frequency sound waves to help reduce inflammation and promote healing in the affected area.
  • Heat and cold therapy entail the use of heat or ice packs to help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
  • Advice on lifestyle changes, such as posture improvement, ergonomic adjustments, and nutritional counseling, to help prevent future problems.

Your specialist will strive to optimize neuromusculoskeletal health and reduce your overall pain burden using a full scope of available techniques.

Who Needs Chiropractic Care?

While chiropractic care is often associated with treating back pain, it can be beneficial for a variety of other conditions as well.

Some examples of people who may benefit from chiropractic care include:

  • Individuals with chronic pain. Chiropractic care can be effective in treating chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis.
  • People suffering from headaches and migraines. Regular chiropractic adjustment can be effective for alleviating headaches and migraine pain as well as reducing the risk of stress and tension accumulating and causing your symptoms to recur in the future.
  • Athletes. Applying chiropractic techniques can be helpful for athletes who are prone to musculoskeletal injuries, as it helps to improve mobility, flexibility, and strength.
  • Pregnant women. Adjustment of the spine can be effective for alleviating a variety of musculoskeletal problems associated with pregnancy, including lower back and sciatica, and improving overall comfort during pregnancy.
  • Children. Children may benefit from seeing a chiropractor for a variety of conditions, including colic, ear infections, and asthma.
  • Individuals with posture-related problems. Chiropractic therapy can help improve posture and alleviate associated symptoms, such as back pain and neck pain.
  • Individuals with workplace injuries. Chiropractic treatment can be helpful for individuals who have suffered workplace injuries such as repetitive strain injuries and back injuries.

Spinal adjustments will improve your general health as a whole. Adjusting your spine helps care for your central nervous system, ensuring that your nerves are able to transmit the signals from your brain properly. This allows your body to function at its best. In addition to spinal manipulation therapy, your chiropractor can advise you on nutrition, exercise routines, and positive adjustments to your workspace so that you live a long and healthy life.

How Does Chiropractic Care Work?

Chiropractic care is founded on the idea that the body has a natural ability to repair itself and that this healing may be aided by restoring ideal alignment and function to the spine and other joints. Your doctor will work with you closely to identify the underlying causes of your problem, be it tension headaches and cervicogenic headaches, or migraines, and develop a personalized treatment plan to address these issues.

According to an NCBI article that reviewed several studies assessing chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (CSMT) as a therapy for migraine, CSMT has proven to be effective in the reduction of headaches and migraine symptoms. Additionally, a case series published on NCBI reports that chiropractic treatment using a combination of manual soft tissue release techniques, spinal mobilization, and spinal manipulative procedures has successfully led to immediate positive response and a 50% reduction in headache intensity.

If you are experiencing persistent headaches or migraine pain, make an appointment with our chiropractor in NYC or NJ at Advanced Headache Center. Our experienced interprofessional team can assist you in finding pain relief and receiving the care you need. Call us at 646-419-3105 or request more information.

Updated on Sep 12, 2023 by Dr. Amr Hosny (Headache Specialist) of Advanced Headache Center

Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, AQH

Dr. Hosny is an Ivy League Trained, UCNS-accredited, board-certified headache specialist who offers the latest preventive and abortive treatments to provide safe and effective head pain relief. As an active member of prominent organizations and professional societies that advance headache science, education, and management, such as the National Headache Foundation, Dr. Hosney specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of head pain disorders, including tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches, to name a few.

Dr. Hosny's reputation for enhancing headache care quality through the use of the most effective and technologically advanced treatment options for persistent primary and secondary chronic headaches has been acknowledged by Castle Connolly and Healthgrades, where he has received over 200 positive reviews. Dr. Hosny is also recognized as a distinguished New York City physician and headache specialist by New York Magazine.

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