Headaches

Headaches
Consistent headaches can be troublesome and affect quality of life. To ensure there is no larger underlying cause for headache pain, patients in Leesburg, Virginia are encouraged to visit Dr. Matt at DiLorenzo Chiropractic, PC for care.

Headaches FAQ's

by Matthew DiLorenzo, DC

Are headaches common?

Research indicates 9% of men and 12% of women in the U.S. experience at least 1-2 headache episodes per month; more than 4% of the U.S. population suffers from frequent headaches, defined as headaches that occur at least 180 days a year.

Doctors of chiropractic successfully help thousands of individuals everyday obtain safe, effective, long-term relief from their headaches. This is because most headaches have a spinal, muscular, or habitual component which the chiropractor has been trained to identify and treat.  

Types of Headaches

  • Cervicogenic headaches refer to headaches which originate from tissues and structures in the cervical spine or neck region. The headache is generally a very constant, strong, yet dull pain. The most common location of pain is around the orbital (eye) region and upper neck area but may also include other areas of the face, head and neck. The headache may also be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing of the ears, and sensitivity to light and sound - similar to migraine headaches.
  • Cervicogenic headaches are caused by irritation or injury to the structures of the upper neck region, resulting in local neck pain as well as referred pain to the temporal and facial regions. This headache is often precipitated or aggravated by head and neck movements and by applying deep pressure to the muscles of the upper cervical area.
  • Tension headaches are the most common headache type, representing approximately 60% of all headaches. These headaches are caused by the sustained contraction of the muscles in the neck and head region. There is a constant tight or pressure sensation, generally feeling like a tight band is wrapping around the head. There is commonly pain and tightness in the area of the neck and shoulder. Pain generally starts in the base of the skull or temporal regions of the head and spreads outwards to affect other areas of the head and neck.
  • Post-traumatic headaches are headaches initiated from head or neck injury, such as in a whiplash-type injury or blow to the head. The resulting headache varies from person to person.
  • Drug-induced headaches are usually dull, diffuse and non-throbbing affecting both sides of the head. They are frequently present first thing in the morning and persist throughout the day.  Experts claim that as many as 60% of chronic headaches are drug-induced. It's quite ironic that the abuse or frequent use of medications used to relieve the symptoms of a headache can actually end up perpetuating the headache or cause new headaches.

Most individuals think that consistent headaches are normal and will take over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs to find relief from pain. Unfortunately, these types of drugs only work to dull the pain rather than find the cause. Because they don’t treat the underlying cause, a headache will often return.

How does DiLorenzo Chiropractic, PC help?

DiLorenzo Chiropractic, PC can offer different solutions than the traditional approach other physicians may have. Dr. Matt focuses on helping to restore the body’s own natural healing process using chiropractic adjustments. Headaches most often are the result of inflammation associated within the nerve in the cervical spine. Many of the nerves line the cervical spine up the head and when any subluxation of the vertebrae occurs in your neck it can cause your head to ache, sometimes severely. A full diagnosis will be the key to successful treatment of your headache. Your first visit to DiLorenzo Chiropractic, PC offices will involve an examination and x-rays, if needed, to determine your specific needs and find out if you are a good candidate for chiropractic relief of your headaches.

What services are provided?

Depending on the results of the diagnosis, and your ongoing symptoms, X-Rays will be taken of your neck to visualize any underlying alignment issues. From there, Dr. Matt offers specific, gentle, drug-free chiropractic adjustments to remove the nerve irritation which may be causing your headache symptoms. The goal is to eliminate the cause of the headache for long term relief rather than just treat the symptoms of the headache itself.

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