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Headaches and migraines are signals that something is amiss in the body. Each patient has different headache triggers, and different patients experience each type of headache differently. And yet painkillers, which only cover up the symptoms temporarily and cannot directly address the causes behind the pain, are the most commonly used, one-size-fits-all treatments for headaches. Drugs cannot reduce the frequency or severity of the headache episodes, nor do they address individual triggers. Chiropractic care for headaches and migraines, however, targets the reason behind the headaches so that they go away naturally—without drugs and side effects.
Our chiropractor Dr. Angelo DiMaggio has assembled a team of holistic healthcare professionals at Touch Stone Rehabilitation and Health Center in Staten Island who work together to discover the cause behind each patient’s headaches and migraines. Together we design holistic (whole body and mind) treatment plans including chiropractic care for headaches and migraines.
One of the most common problems behind migraines and headaches is spinal misalignments called subluxations. When vertebrae are misaligned, particularly in the neck, they pinch nerves that direct the sensation of pain and the flow of blood to the brain. Subluxations like these can result from sudden injuries like whiplash, or they can be the result of persistent poor posture habits like hunching over a computer all day or sleeping on the wrong pillow. Dr. DiMaggio will carefully examine your posture and your medical history to find out the root cause of your headaches. Then he usually provides spinal adjustments to correct poor alignment, which releases pinched nerves and begins the self-healing process. Chiropractic care for migraines and headaches is very successful in reducing the severity and frequency of painful episodes.
In addition to chiropractic care for migraines and headaches, we also provide other therapies to help alleviate the causes behind the pain in order to stave off the symptoms. For example acupuncture, massage therapy and physical therapy are all useful in different ways for treating various aspects of injuries and chronic conditions that impact headache and migraine sufferers. Nutrition is also a major factor that affects the severity and frequency of headaches. Migraine sufferers know that often there are certain food triggers. Caffeine, aged cheeses, red wine, meats, MSG and other artificial preservatives are just a few examples of substances that can start a migraine episode. We counsel extensively with patients about nutrition in order to help alleviate headaches and bring them to a state of overall wellness.
We also advise our patients suffering from headaches and migraines to keep a journal. The journal should note whatever you were doing or eating before the onset of the headache. This has helped many people discover their own personal headache triggers like stress, irregular sleep patterns, dehydration, blood sugar swings, etc.
Do not let headaches stop you from enjoying life. Dr. DiMaggio can help you get natural, lasting relief and improve your overall wellness. Schedule an appointment at 718-356-9222.