Most of our headache patients have received other treatments that have not resolved their pain including medications. If the medications were not effective, there is a strong probability that they may be related to cervical spine dysfunction that is a main cause of headaches. Headaches that are caused by your cervical spine do not respond well to medications typically. Our doctors can also help out with lifestyle advice and some supplements that can be helpful to relieve headaches
Chiropractic adjustments to treat headaches
Spinal manipulations can help reduce stress on parts of the neck that are causing pain. We will perform controlled, high velocity, low amplitude thrusts on the spinal joints that are restricted, bringing it back to its fully-functioning position. This allows the spine to support the body in its most natural state.
Active Release Technique (ART) to treat headaches
This is one of the most common techniques we use to relieve headache pain. The doctors at Whitefish Chiropractic can use this technique to very gently take tension off these muscles and the nerves. Several of our patients respond well to this technique and don’t require spinal manipulations to relieve their headache pain. Being the only trained providers in the Flathead Valley, this is one of our treatments that you won’t find at other chiropractic offices.
Dry needling to treat headaches
Using thin needles, our chiropractors can safely and accurately penetrate the skin in areas that will lead to muscle rehabilitation. This solution works to manage neuromusculoskeletal discomfort and provide flexibility, mobility, and range of motion.
Home-based rehabilitation for headache relief
To aid patients in their wellness goals, we offer various exercises and stretches that support our in-office treatments. We have easy to perform exercises that will stretch the tight muscles and can also strengthen your spine to prevent the headaches from returning.
The doctors at Whitefish Chiropractic will send you home with printed exercises and will email your home care program to make it easy to perform. Our app has videos to demonstrate the exercises and will also help you track your progress.
This is one of our passions at this office, because we have been there. Dr. Wigness suffered from severe migraines when growing up. The severity of the pain would send him to the hospital for pain relieving injections. This would help temporarily but the headaches kept coming back. After three years of trying to find solutions and several medications, he sought out chiropractic care for help. After three treatments, he was headache free for months. This inspired him to become a chiropractor to help people who are suffering as he had been. As he continued his chiropractic path he was also able to find other techniques such as Active Release, which not only helped relieve pain even faster but also kept the symptoms from returning.