Headaches are not a normal occurrence! While not everyone experiences headaches, they are becoming increasingly prevalent in society today. People who suffer from headaches often resort to using over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription pain medications for relief, but these only provide temporary relief at best.

This is why so many individuals seek care at the Minnesota Institute for Pain Management (MIPM) for headache relief. MIPM offers safe and effective solutions that not only alleviate headache pain, but address the underlying cause of the headache. In fact, studies have shown that regular care is an effective treatment for many common types of headaches, including migraines, tension headaches, neck pain, and more.


Headache Treatments

Chronic headaches can significantly impact daily life, making effective pain management a top priority for those who suffer from them. The Minnesota Institute for Pain Management (MIPM) strives to identify any underlying physiological conditions, such as stress or insomnia, that may be contributing to the headaches and recommends a tailored treatment plan to address these issues.

When seeking headache treatment at MIPM, a spinal manipulation or “adjustment” will be performed. For headaches, the doctor typically focuses on adjusting the neck, but other areas of the back may also be manipulated based on the results of the examination.

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What Causes Headaches?

The root cause of headaches can be determined by evaluating various factors, and making the appropriate lifestyle changes can help reduce their occurrence. Basic changes such as increased water intake, a balanced diet, stress management, and proper sleep can provide relief from headaches.

In some cases, headaches may be a symptom of a more serious underlying health condition. The team at Minnesota Institute for Pain Management offers a thorough examination, including x-rays, to determine if there is a deeper issue causing your headaches. Our chiropractors can then provide an individualized treatment plan to address the root cause of your pain.

  1. Tension headaches: These are caused by muscle tension in the neck, scalp, and jaw, and can be brought on by stress, poor posture, and eye strain.

  2. Migraines: These are severe headaches often accompanied by visual disturbances, sensitivity to light and sound, and nausea. The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but they may be related to changes in the level of certain chemicals in the brain, genetics, and environmental factors.

  3. Cluster headaches: These are very severe headaches that come on suddenly and are accompanied by eye redness and tearing, nasal congestion, and a droopy eyelid.

  4. Sinus headaches: These are caused by inflammation in the sinuses, and can be brought on by allergies, infections, or changes in air pressure.

  1. Hormonal headaches: Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, can also cause headaches.

  2. Medication overuse headache: Taking pain medication too often or for too long can cause rebound headaches.

  3. Dehydration: Not drinking enough water can cause headaches.

  4. Sleep disturbances: Lack of sleep or disrupted sleep can lead to headaches.

These are just a few of the many potential causes of headaches. If you are experiencing persistent or severe headaches, please visit MIPM  for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.


The Relief of no longer having headaches

Headache relief can be achieved by making lifestyle changes, managing stress, ensuring adequate sleep, and drinking enough water. However, if the headaches persist, it is important to seek medical attention. A comprehensive examination and diagnostic tests may be needed to identify any underlying health issues causing the headaches. If a deeper issue is found, your doctor can recommend specific treatments to address the root cause of the headaches and provide long-term relief.

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