Headaches Specialist

Active Health Clinics

Chiropractic Clinic & Regenerative Medicine located in Fort Dodge, IA

Headaches can vary from being an occasional nuisance to a chronic condition that causes severe, incapacitating pain on a regular basis. The experienced chiropractic specialists at Active Health Clinics in Fort Dodge, Iowa, are highly skilled in treating different types of headaches, providing effective relief from pain by getting to the root cause of your condition. If headaches are becoming a problem in your life, call Active Health Clinics today to schedule a consultation, or book your appointment online.

Headaches Q & A

What causes headaches?

Headaches start when the nerves in your head transmit pain signals to your brain. This might start from a misalignment in your upper neck that could be caused by daily activities, head injury, food sensitivities, or illness.

Known causes of headaches include:

  • Misalignment in your upper cervical spine
  • Poor posture
  • Dehydration
  • Nutrition sensitivity 
  • Stress
  • Excessive smoking
  • Excessive drinking
  • Bright lights
  • Noise
  • Air pressure changes
  • Allergies
  • High blood pressure 
  • Sinus infections

Most headaches are at least partially traced back to misaligned spinal joints, called spinal subluxations. When certain joints in your back or neck aren’t aligned correctly, they can put pressure on your nerves and affect the blood flow to your brain. 

By realigning your spine, you can relieve much of the pain or pressure in your head.

Are headaches serious?

Most headaches aren't a cause for concern, especially if you know you’re getting a headache for a non-urgent reason like coming down with a cold. Headaches should pass within a few hours or after you recover from your illness.

There are some types of headaches that cause severe, debilitating pain, for example, migraines and cluster headaches. These conditions need expert medical attention to reduce the effects on your life, although generally, they aren’t likely to be dangerous but can also be treated by the experts at Active Health Clinics.

Head injuries are quite likely to trigger a headache, even days after the incident occurs. A bump on the head isn’t always a cause for concern, but sometimes it can cause serious, potentially life-threatening damage. 

If you hit your head and lose consciousness or have any symptoms of concussion, it’s best to get yourself checked out at Active Health Clinics or the emergency room.

What treatments are available for headaches?

Frequent or severe headaches may require spinal realignment from the chiropractic team at Active Health Clinics. Once they know what’s causing your headaches, they can recommend appropriate treatments and lifestyle changes to stop your current headache and prevent future headaches. 

These may include:

  • Regular chiropractic care
  • Posture improvement
  • Simple mobility stretching 
  • Regular exercise
  • Hydration
  • Stress relief and relaxation
  • Massages
  • Food sensitivity testing
  • Getting the right amount of sleep
  • Sleeping on your side or back (not face down)
  • Stopping your alcohol or smoking habit

Find the solution to problem headaches by calling Active Health Clinics today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.