Can Chiropractic Adjustments Cause Headaches?
Chiropractic adjustments are performed by trained chiropractors. During the treatment, your doctor will use his or her hands to apply controlled force to specific areas of your spine. The aim of the adjustment is to improve spinal motion, physical function, and overall health.
It is not uncommon for patients to experience mild headaches after seeking chiropractic treatment. The momentary discomfort typically subsides quickly. To help our patients understand what to expect during their visit to our Fort Worth, TX, chiropractic office, we offer this overview.
What Causes Headaches after Chiropractic Adjustment?
Headaches are often the body’s natural reaction to toxin relief. Our bodies are continually reacting to chemical signs from inside and outside of the body. A foul smell or fumes can lead to a momentary feeling of nausea, for example.
Your spine is a busy pathway for your body’s chemical signals. Back problems often act as kinks in that system, slowing or impeding those signals. Once pent-up pressure in your back is released, it can lead to a sudden release of chemical signals that temporarily overwhelms your nervous system.
For a small percentage of patients, the resulting influx of chemical signals can cause headaches. Other symptoms of this temporary side effect may feel similar to a cold. Fortunately, headaches after a chiropractic adjustment do not last long.
How to Manage Headaches after Chiropractic Adjustment
If you have never undergone a chiropractic adjustment at our Fort Worth injury clinic, there will, unfortunately, be no way for one of our doctors to predict if you will experience this side effect.
If you do begin to experience symptoms before leaving our office, let one of our doctors know so he or she can provide you with advice on how to manage your headache. For most patients, the headache will subside on its own.
Ice packs and over-the-counter medications are effective at treating headaches. If you have a history of headaches, you may want to bring your preferred form of medication to our Fort Worth office. Patients who regularly experience headaches after chiropractic adjustment may even benefit from taking headache mediations shortly before undergoing a chiropractic adjustment.
If you are unsure about whether to take any meds before coming to our office, one of our chiropractors will be glad to advise you accordingly.
Chiropractic Adjustment Are an Effective Treatment of Headaches
Don’t let concerns over minor headaches keep you from experiencing the health benefits of chiropractic adjustment. Spinal manipulation is an effective treatment for many types of debilitating forms of headaches, including tension headaches.
Have you exhausted other treatment options for headaches? Chiropractic adjustment can provide you with long-lasting relief from headaches. Anytime you can treat an ailment or condition without medication or invasive treatments, your body will be better off for it.
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Side effects following chiropractic adjustment are rare. If you experience a temporary headache, it is a sign that your body is reacting to the healing effects of spinal manipulation. If you do experience this minor side effect, an ice pack or over-the-counter medication can provide relief.
To schedule your chiropractic adjustment, please contact our office online or call (817) 624-7222.