Headaches at Dolan Chiropractic Sports Medicine Back Pain Specialists Gladstone Northland Kansas City Missouri

What are the primary causes of headaches?

Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints, and many factors can contribute to them, including stress, poor sleep habits, colds and flu, alcohol, loud sounds or bright lights, eye strain and food preservatives. Many times, though, chronic headaches are the result of neck or back issues, including compressed nerves from herniated discs or soft tissue inflammation. Because the spine connects the back, neck, and skull, issues affecting the back and neck often have an impact on the head, resulting in chronic headaches that can be difficult to get rid of without professional care and intervention. Having a chiropractic evaluation is a good way to determine if neck or back problems could be causing your chronic headaches.


How does chiropractic treatment improve headaches caused by neck and back issues?

Chiropractic care relies on a thorough evaluation of your symptoms to ensure you get the most appropriate and most effective care. Through gentle repositioning of misaligned vertebrae, pressures on nerve roots can be relieved, helping to relieve pain and irritation that are often the cause of chronic headaches. Plus, adjustments combined with deep tissue manipulation helps promote healthy circulation to facilitate healing and rid the body of toxins that can build up in the cells. You'll also receive guidance on therapeutic stretching and exercise techniques to help relieve strain that can cause the spine to be pulled out of alignment.


How can I prevent headaches from occurring in the first place?

Having regular chiropractic evaluations is important for ensuring your spine remains in optimal alignment despite the stresses and strains of everyday living. In addition, staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy diet are also very important.


Dr. Dolan diagnoses and addresses the underlying cause of your pain, rather than masking them. This helps prevent future injuries too. For example, if the pain is caused by your lower back or posture imbalance, Dr. Dolan aligns the vertebrae in your lower back to reduce discomfort. Following treatment, he provides thorough instructions so you can continue to heal with therapeutic stretching and exercises within your home. These exercises may relieve strain in your joints.


Book an appointment online with Dolan Chiropractic today and begin your journey of recovery.