Headaches and migraines
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Headaches and migraines after an auto accident are very common and may be caused by whiplash, a blow to the head, fracture, and/or hypertension. During an auto accident, any pain you would normally feel is often numbed due to a spike in adrenaline — a stress hormone your body releases as part of your fight or flight response. After your adrenaline levels regulate and return to normal, you may begin to experience headaches, migraines, soreness, and pain.
Headaches and migraines should never be ignored or left untreated following a car accident. Headaches can be a sign of fracture, ruptured blood vessels, or a concussion, which can lead to coma or death. A headache is often the first symptom of a life-threatening traumatic brain injury that should be instantly addressed and treated — even if you walk away from an auto accident with no other obvious symptoms.
Chiropractic care can treat multiple injuries and conditions caused by car accidents — including headaches and migraines. A chiropractor can treat the underlying cause of your headache using massage and spinal manipulation to reduce any pressure and relieve pain. Chiropractic care also helps improve mobility and function in your back and neck by loosening muscles and ligaments.
Did you know?
More than 30% of people who suffer injuries such as those caused by auto accidents report suffering headaches long after their injuries initially took place. These headaches are frequently caused by tension, stress, and neck and skull injuries that may be continuing to heal.
In addition to treating headaches and migraines using massage and spinal manipulation, your chiropractor may also provide you with nutritional advice. For instance, B-complex vitamins may help reduce and treat headaches. Your chiropractor may also work with you on improving your posture, and may teach you exercises and relaxation techniques that further reduce muscle tension and joint irritation in your neck and upper back.
Frequently asked questions about headaches and migraines
How can chiropractic care treat headaches and migraines caused by auto accidents?
The impact of an auto accident can throw your spine out of alignment and put pressure on your nerves in a way that triggers sensitivity to light and sound, along with headaches and migraines. Chiropractic care and adjustments can reduce this pressure on your nerves and improve your nervous system function to alleviate headaches and migraines.
How long does chiropractic treatment for headaches last?
Some people find that headaches caused by auto accidents go away after their first chiropractic treatment. However, the length of treatment depends on the severity and frequency of your headaches, and that of other underlying causes that may contributing to your headaches. Your chiropractic treatment can last anywhere from three weeks to a few years based on various factors surrounding your overall health.
What else might my chiropractic recommend for headache relief?
Your chiropractor may work with you on modifying your diet, since some foods — including cheese, caffeine, and additives like MSG and nitrates — are found to trigger headaches and migraines. Your chiropractor may also recommend exercising and moving around more frequently, since sitting for long periods of time can put strain on your back and neck to cause tension headaches.
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