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Headaches are a common occurrence that can throw one off their stride, while a chronic headache, which is defined as one that lasts for 15 days of one month and goes on for three months straight, can make it impossible for someone to function. How many people suffer from this type of pain? Over 80% of the world's population must deal with common headaches each year while 5% experience chronic head pain. Although drugs may be used to combat the pain, they don't really solve the problem. Natural ReliefChiropractic treatment for headaches, including migraines, is non-intrusive, safe and effective. Working with the patient and using various analytical techniques, the chiropractor determines the cause of the headache and rather than simply treating the symptoms, which is what pain relievers do, they focus on alleviating the cause. Often the cause of a headache will involve nerves or muscles that have been compromised. However, other factors including environmental, dietary, social and behavioral situations may have to be addressed in order for the patient to remain pain free. Finding and Neutralizing TriggersOne aspect of chiropractic therapy focuses on identifying and neutralizing triggers. A trigger is an activity, situation or food that may act as a catalyst for a patient's headaches. Discovering the trigger is essential in finding a cure for the pain. Some headache triggers include:â€¢ Any type of stress- -emotional, physical or mental.â€¢ Poor posture.â€¢ Sudden changes in weather.â€¢ Odors.â€¢ Extreme emotions, either pleasant or unpleasant.â€¢ Exposure to nitrite compounds, which are in processed meats and specific medications.â€¢ Monosodium glutamate (MSG), which may be found in soy sauce, meat tenderizers and various processed foodsâ€¢ Foods that contain high amounts of tyramine, which is an amino acid, such as cheddar cheese, chocolate and pickled products. â€¢ Exposure insecticides, cleaners and other household poisons.Although it is often impossible to totally limit exposure to many of the items listed above, moderating it can make a big difference. Patients who get headaches from the above substances or situations will find that symptoms and intensity vary from person to person. Does Chiropractic Work?The Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, North Carolina released a report based on headache research that said, "spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than commonly prescribed medications." In addition, there are other studies, including one published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, revealing that those with tension headaches who received chiropractic treatment experienced benefits four weeks after stopping treatment. This was not the case with drug therapy. Headaches related to stress, tension headaches and migraines have all been relieved and cured by chiropractic methods. The ProcessIn the Fairfax office of Dr. Hegazi, the process for relief involves a physical examination, lifestyle evaluation and analysis of all factors including physical, situational and psychological. Concept Chiropractic and Rehab offers a complete evaluation of each patient's headache pain. In this way, they work towards offering a solution that will be effective for the long term.
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