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What's Causing Your Chronic Headaches?

Believe it or not, there are more than 150 different types of headaches, which can be standalone conditions or as part of another problem. If you’re suffering from chronic head pain that wreaks havoc on your quality of life, it’s time to get to the bottom of the problem.

At Easley Spine & Disc, under the expert medical direction of Dr. Adam Gentry, we offer non-surgical disc treatments to patients in Easley, South Carolina. We understand the complexity and interconnectedness of the human body and how a problem in one area may have far-reaching consequences. And this is certainly true of head pain. In fact, a headache is often the result of a problem in your musculoskeletal system and by correcting that underlying problem, we can bring you long-lasting relief.

Here’s a look at just a few of the more common headaches and what may be causing them.

A matter of tension

Tension headaches are one of the more common causes of chronic head pain. These headaches make your head feel like it’s in a vice-like grip and they’re caused by muscle tension in your head and neck.

Through our integrative and holistic approach to your musculoskeletal system, we work to relieve this tension through:

These treatments restore the balance in your body, taking the pressure off of any one area — in this case, your head and neck.

Under stress

Stress is a primary contributor to many different types of headaches and by relieving the stress in your body, we can encourage healthier function. To do this, we turn to the techniques we listed above, which work to dismantle any blockages or misalignments in your musculoskeletal system that are related to stress.

When your body has the freedom to function as it should, with resources and energy flowing properly, you not only reduce your stress, but your chronic head pain as well.

Tackling migraines

Chronic migraines are a very serious neurological condition and researchers are still trying to pinpoint the exact cause of these headaches. There are, however, many ways we can help you better manage chronic migraines, which we accomplish using a multi-pronged approach, including:

By addressing the triggers that lead to a migraine and giving your body the resources it needs to fight back against head pain, we can greatly reduce the number and severity of your migraines.

A few lifestyle tips

While there’s much that we can do to offset chronic head pain, you can also take some steps on your own, such as:

If you stare at a screen for hours each day, you can relieve both tech neck and headaches by practicing the 20-20-20 rule — every 20 minutes, look up and focus on an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. As well, be very mindful of your posture if you’re sitting at a desk for hours in front of a screen. If you’d like more tips tailored to your unique circumstances, we’re happy to help.

If you want to put an end to chronic headaches, please contact us at (864) 644-8662 or request an appointment using our online scheduling tool.

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