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Nearly 80% of all adults in the United States suffer from occasional tension headaches, and women are twice as likely to get them as men. If you regularly experience headaches or migraines, Ross Ali, DC, an experienced chiropractor at Aloha Health Center in San Jose, California, can help you get relief naturally. Dr. Ali tailors chiropractic adjustments to treat the underlying cause of headache pain and helps you make lifestyle and nutritional changes if needed, as well, to help prevent headaches and migraines from recurring. Call today to schedule a consultation or book online.

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Headaches Q & A

What causes headaches?

Different triggers and situations lead to different types of headache pain. The most common types of headaches are tension, sinus, and migraine. The causes of tension headaches typically include:

  • Stress
  • Changes in weather
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Changes in medication
  • Foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Alcohol
  • Fatigue
  • Hunger
  • Poor posture
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Dehydration

Additionally, tension headaches often occur when the muscles in your neck and head are tight or stressed. A chiropractic adjustment can help relieve this muscle tension, thereby alleviating headache pain.

What causes migraines?

The exact cause of migraines is hard to pinpoint and is often different for each person. Typical migraine triggers include:

  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Processed foods and food additives like MSG
  • Medications
  • Bright light or sunlight
  • Women’s changes in estrogen levels
  • Scents like smoke or perfume
  • Dairy and certain foods

Along with chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Ali can help you identify your triggers so you can prevent migraines from recurring. Once you know your specific triggers, you can steer clear of contributing factors for long-term pain relief.

How does a chiropractor treat headaches and migraines?

Dr. Ali takes a holistic, comprehensive approach to helping you reduce the number of headaches and migraines you suffer from. Treatment may include a series of specific chiropractic adjustments using diversified techniques along with other techniques specific to your needs. Lifestyle changes and nutritional counseling may also be part of your complete treatment plan.

Dr. Ali customizes a treatment plan based on your type of headache and migraine pain, so over time, you get relief from chronic pain. He focuses on treating the underlying causes and providing safe, natural pain-relief options.

When should I see a chiropractor about headache pain?

If you experience headaches regularly and you’re taking over-the-counter pain relievers just to get through your day, chiropractic care provides a more natural solution. Rather than reducing pain with drugs, chiropractic adjustments and lifestyle modifications can alleviate the source of your headache pain so you’re less dependent on medications.

If you have severe headaches that improve temporarily, never really go away completely or affect the overall quality of your life, Aloha Health Center can help. Call today to make an appointment or schedule online.

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