Headaches

Apex Integrated Medical Center

Physical Medicine Specialists & Regenerative Medicine Specialists located in West Loop, Chicago, IL

Almost everybody gets a headache at some point, but frequent or persistent headaches can seriously disrupt your day. The compassionate team at Apex Integrated Medical Center in West Loop of Chicago provides holistic treatment for headaches, including chiropractic care. If headaches interfere with your work, social, or personal life, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online today.

Headaches Q & A

What are headaches?

About 90% of people in the United States suffer from headaches. This common problem is one of the leading reasons people seek chiropractic care.

Headaches vary in type, frequency, and severity. They can cause dull and throbbing pain or sharp, intense pain that occurs with symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Severe headaches can have a debilitating effect on your quality of life.

What are the different types of headaches?

The team at Apex Integrated Medical Center offers individualized treatment for all types of headaches, including:

Tension headaches

The most common type of headache, this causes mild to moderate pain that may feel like a tight band encircling your head. Tension headaches typically last several hours and usually don’t involve other symptoms.

Migraines

Migraines cause moderate to a severe throbbing pain that may be localized to one area or side of your head. Migraine attacks last a full day or longer and often include symptoms, like sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting.

What causes headaches?

Many factors can cause, or trigger, a headache. The most common cause of tension headaches is muscle strain in the neck. Many factors can contribute to neck tension, including:

  • Stress
  • Clenching your jaw
  • Working at a computer all day
  • Driving for many hours without rest

Spending a lot of time looking down at your phone, a book, or a sewing machine can also lead to neck tension that causes headaches. Clenching or grinding your teeth irritates the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which can also lead to headaches.

How are headaches treated?

If you suffer through headaches or find yourself constantly needing pain-relieving medication, the team at Apex Integrated Medical Center has a better solution. They spend time listening to you discuss your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle habits before creating a personalized treatment plan.

Many people find relief from headaches with chiropractic care. Depending on your needs, your chiropractic treatment at Apex Integrated Medical Center may include:

  • Manual manipulation of your spine
  • Exercises to maintain proper posture
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Relaxation techniques

To find out how chiropractic care can help relieve and prevent your headaches, call Apex Integrated Medical Center or book an appointment online today.