Sharp, splitting, pounding, stabbing — these and other unpleasant words are all commonly used to describe the agony caused by headaches. Ramp the pain up to an even higher level, and toss in lots of other sickening symptoms, and you enter the debilitating world of migraines. These afflictions can easily destroy your quality of life if they occur on a persistent or recurring basis. If you’re looking to get these issues under control, without the limited help offered by drugs, turn to Integrated Medical Group in Glen Carbon, Illinois for chiropractic care and other natural solutions.

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Tension Headaches vs. Migraines

Headaches and migraines both make your head hurt, but for different reasons and in different ways. Most headaches fall into the category of tension headaches. These headaches begin as muscle tension and muscle spasms in the upper neck. When muscle called the RCPM goes into spasm, it pulls on sensitive tissues around the brain, causing that all-too-familiar diffuse ache. Muscle tension in the neck is often related to alignment errors in the cervical spine that throw the weight of the skull off balance.

The road to a migraine is less straightforward. Biochemical abnormalities seem to send nerve signals to the cranial blood vessels, altering their blood pressure. All kinds of things can trigger a migraine — from foods, sleep deprivation, and hormonal imbalances to physical strain (as in tension headaches). The result is usually a horrific headache accompanied by vision problems, sensitivity to sounds, nausea, and other upsetting symptoms.

How Our Chiropractic Team Can Help

Any chiropractor on our team here at Integrated Medical Group can provide treatments that succeed where drugs typically fail. Medications can only dull the effects of a headache or a migraine; they can’t fix what’s causing that headache or a migraine. We can evaluate your cervical spinal alignment, medical history, and your particular symptom triggers to come up with a personalized, all-natural treatment program that really works. Chiropractic adjustments to the cervical spine can relieve any longstanding tension that fuels your chronic headaches. Chiropractic care has also proven its ability to make migraines less frequent and less devastating.

Your chiropractic headache/migraine treatment may be supplemented by other helpful services such as massage therapy or acupuncture. We can also help you identify and avoid those specific foods or lifestyle habits that tend to set off your migraine attacks.

Looking for a Headache and Migraine Chiropractor in Illinois?

If you’ve been hoping to find a headache and migraine chiropractor in Illinois, you’ve located an entire team of them right here at Integrated Medical Group. Call (618) 692-6700 to schedule some much-needed relief!