There are few things more dreaded to interrupt your day than headaches. While migraines tend to be far worse than tension headaches, it is also important not to underestimate the sometimes detrimental effects of stress or tension on the pain you experience. Fortunately, if you suffer from either of these types of headaches, there are a number of ways you can approach treatment.
When it comes to headaches, the first thing an afflicted person will reach for is probably an over-the-counter painkiller such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These can be very dangerous. Taking ibuprofen and other common NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) over a long period of time triples the risk of strokes and increases the likelihood of a heart attack, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. The new research, conducted at the University of Bern in Switzerland, involved a huge number of subjects; the data were drawn from more than 31 clinical trials involving 116,429 patients. Those who suffered strokes were found to be taking a normal recommended dose (400-600 mg) of ibuprofen three or four times a day.
If you’re regularly taking just a little too much Tylenol (generic name: acetominophen) over the course of the day, you could be permanently damaging your liver and not even know about it. In fact, people who regularly take slightly too much acetominophen over a period of time to relieve pain could be at a higher risk of dying than those who take single overdose of the drug. That’s the message from a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in which researchers tested the blood of people admitted to the hospital and found that the danger of a “staggered overdose,” was much greater than previously thought, often because doctors can’t identify the problem in time to help.
Many people do not like taking medication with regularity, and frequent headache sufferers who fall into this category are left wondering what to do. Luckily, there are a number of natural remedies for headaches available.
Several clinical trials indicate that spinal manipulation therapy (chiropractic care) may help treat migraine headaches. In one study of people with migraines, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of attacks. Also, 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each migraine.
In another study, people with migraine headaches were randomly assigned to receive spinal manipulation, a daily medication (Elavil), or a combination of both. Spinal manipulation worked as well as Elavil in reducing migraines and had fewer side effects. Combining the two therapies didn’t work any better.
In addition, researchers reviewed 9 studies that tested chiropractic for tension or migraine headaches and found that it worked as well as medications in preventing these headaches.
At Johnson Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, we have treated hundreds of patients who suffer from chronic migraines or tension headaches. We conduct a thorough exam with x-rays or MRI if needed to determine which part of the spine is causing the trouble. If your headaches stem from spinal issues, then the next step is to use our natural, gentle, and safe approaches that have proven to have significant positive effects for many years. If you have struggled with headaches and feel like you have tried everything, don’t hesitate to contact Johnson Chiropractic to schedule your free consult today.