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Headache Treatment: An Oxnard, CA Chiropractor’s Perspective

As chiropractors here in Oxnard, CA, we certainly see our share of patients coming in with unmanageable headaches. In fact, more than 45 million people suffer from headaches daily. Headaches are the number one most common reason people seek medical attention and about 50% of the population report headaches on a yearly basis.

Chiropractic adjustments are proven to be effective for headaches.

FACT: 98% success rate in immediately terminating migraines with adjustments and traction.
FACT: Adjustments provided to cervicogenic headache sufferers resulted in decreased:

  • Analgesic (pain medication) use by 36%
  • Headache hours by 69%
  • Headache intensity by 36%

Our chiropractors are trained in many chiropractic techniques proven to help with or eliminate headaches. We have multiple Chiropractors who each have over 20 years of experience. Chiropractic can be broken down into 3 distinct categories: Art, Science, and Philosophy.

The chiropractors at Kalani Total Health Center are experts in the Art of Chiropractic. This means that each Chiropractor can access and adjust each body part in a minimum of 3 different ways. Having this expertise allows our Chiropractors to help you more than a Chiropractor that is limited to one way of adjusting. We believe that experience counts when it comes to your headaches. Headaches can stem from your neck, skull, jaw, or upper back. Additionally, our experienced Chiropractors have the knowledge to incorporate healthy nutrition, rehabilitation, exercise, and a myriad of components to help you attain optimal health.

How We Treat Headaches in Oxnard, CA

Comprehensive Consultation and Exam

Here at Kalani Total Health Center, we believe every patient that walks through the door is a Hero in their own story.  We are here to help you overcome the pain or dysfunction that is challenging your ability to experience the joy and freedom you deserve.  We take pride in offering holistic solutions for you to navigate the path from where you are to where you want to be.

When you come in with a headache, we take a comprehensive history.  Our goal is to gain an empathetic connection and fully understand what’s going on with you.  We take the time to identify your short-, medium-, and long-term goals.  If necessary, we will recommend x-rays which can be done onsite.  If we determine that additional testing is warranted, we will refer you out.

Following your initial visit, we will invite you back to share the results of any tests or x-rays and discuss what we’ve discovered regarding your headaches.   

At that point, we will recommend and render service to remedy your headaches.  Services can range from chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, nutrition, or a combination of therapies.  All of our recommendations are based on your goals and our findings.

Digital X-rays

Digital x-ray is effective in isolating the cause of headaches.  When taking digital x-rays, we can determine the relationship between the neck and the skull.  When your first vertebrae are pressed upon the skull it can reduce the flow of blood and nerve transmission.  This reduction in activity can result in a headache, tiredness, and fatigue.

A diagnostic tool like a digital x-ray should be used prior to treatment to determine the best approach to resolving your specific problem so that your body will heal and function optimally for you.

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is proven to be effective for headaches.

Massage Therapy is another way we treat headaches here at Kalani Total Health Center.  Our therapists specialize in a variety of techniques that effectively relieve the tension caused by headaches.  There are many muscles in the neck and skull that can inhibit blood flow.  Our massage therapists will get to the root of the problem to help relieve and remedy your headaches.  

Come experience our calm soothing environment.  Also, because we are a doctor’s office we have essential oils, CBD, and other calming massage creams to help you relax and heal.  The choice is yours.

Common Types of Headaches in Oxnard, CA

Primary headaches account for 90% of all headaches and include:

Chronic Tension Headaches 

Chronic tension headaches are the most common variety of headache and affect women more than men.  Chronic tension headaches are characterized by a tightening of the muscles in the face, head, and neck which creates a dull steady pain over the whole head.  43.6% of these patients report reduced effectiveness on the job annually.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are less common than tension headaches and are more prevalent in men than women.  Cluster headaches are generally brief but painful bunches of headaches that strike over a period of weeks.  Cluster headaches are generally centered around one eye and are typically accompanied by nasal congestion.

Chronic Daily Headaches

35-40% of patients who seek treatment for their headaches suffer from daily headaches. Chronic daily headaches are characterized by a minimum of 15 headache days per month or 180 headache days per year.

Migraine Headaches

Over 30 million Americans suffer from migraines.  Migraines are three times more common in women than in men.  50-75% of patients who suffer from migraines have relatives with migraines.  Unfortunately, migraines are on the rise and have increased 60% over the past 10 years.

Migraine headaches are characterized by excruciating pain, vision disturbances, sensitivity to light and noise, nausea, vomiting, and may be triggered by menstrual cycle, weather changes, or foods. Studies have shown that migraine sufferers lose 8.1 workdays annually and have another 4.9 days of reduced effectiveness.  Other headache types total another 8 lost days annually and another 6 lost days reduced effectiveness.

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon will I experience relief after treatment?

Many patients feel dramatic improvement immediately following their adjustment; however, patient responses do vary.

Is it possible for one person to have multiple types of headaches?

Yes, it is possible to have a primary headache like a migraine and have a secondary headache as well.  It is important to remember that there are more than 200 types of headaches and many possible causes. 

Does weather affect migraines?

Weather can be a trigger for headaches.  High humidity, heat, and storms can trigger electrical changes in the brain, irritate nerves, and lead to headaches.

Are headaches preventable?

Not all headaches are preventable, but here is a list of things you can do to help avoid headaches:

  • Reduce your consumption of trigger foods such as caffeine and alcohol
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Place an icepack on the base of your neck
  • Reduce tobacco intake
  • Reduce stress
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