Get Rid of Headaches with Cold Stone Massage

About 50 million people a year suffer from headaches and an increasing number want a more natural-yet powerful-way to get relief. An effective method of treatment for headaches is cold stone massages.cold stone2

Cold stone therapy massage uses cold marble stones that are placed along key headache sites. They help provide a deep state of relaxation, release of tension, and reduction of swelling and inflammation.

Not only can cold stone therapy be used to help combat headaches and fatigue but also for:

Anxiety: The stones help the mind focus on the body.

Sinusitis: To reduce congestion and nasal swelling.

PMS: Stones help reduce pain, bloating, cramps, and swelling.

A cold stone massage session is typically an hour long. A paraffin dip or hot packs are first placed on the feet to pull heat downwards, away from your head. Certain essential oils are then used on key headache areas and then finally the cold stones are placed along those same areas. Like any other massage, muscle work done by a massage therapist will also be incorporated into the hour session.

If you have questions about cold stone massge, ask one of our certified massage therapists!

 

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Chiropractic and TMJ

Two of the most common conditions involving the head that chiropractors treat are TMJ syndrome and headaches.

The TMJ is where your jaw bone connects to the skull. It is also called the temporomandibular joint, TMJ for short. Since it is a very mobile joint, any misalignment or restriction in this joint can cause pain in and around the jaw, ear or head.

Causes of TMJ syndrome include: grinding or clenching of the jaw, excessive gum chewing, poor alignment of the teeth, arthritis, genetics, etc. tmj-mayo

Some common symptoms of TMJ syndrome are: pain or tenderness of your jaw, pain in one or both of the TMJ joints, aching pain in and around your ear, difficulty chewing or pain while chewing, aching facial pain, or locking of the joint (this makes it difficult to open and close your mouth).

Chiropractors know how how the TMJ, along with many other joints, is suppose to function. After your chiropractor assesses your jaw, they may do an adjustment to your TMJ to put it back in alignment. It’s hard to believe that a chiropractor can adjust your jaw, but if it’s a joint, a chiropractor can adjust it!

When joints become dysfunctional, other surrounding tissues can be negatively impacted. Muscles can become tight and cause pain, and irritation to the nerves can cause pain in other places including headaches.

If you suffer from TMJ or are having issues with jaw pain, headaches, or discomfort it’s time to see a chiropractor!

 

Headaches and Chiropractic

Did you know 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches? Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull, and some cause immense pain and nausea. What do you do when a headache starts up? Research shows that spinal manipulation may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and other headaches that originate from the neck.

Headaches have many causes or “triggers”. These may include food, environmental stimuli (noise, lights, stress, etc.), and/or behavior factors (insomnia, blood sugar changes, etc.). The majority of headaches are associated with muscles tension in the neck and vertebral subluxations. So, what can you do about them?

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If you know what your trigger is for your headaches, the first step is to try and avoid those triggers or make changes in your lifestyle to reduce them. If you spend a lot of time fixed in one position (in front of a computer, reading, sewing, etc.) take a break and stretch ever 30 minutes. Low-impact exercise (walking, low-impact aerobics, etc.) may help relieve pain associated with headaches. Avoid teeth clenching. This is a common cause of headaches and can also lead to stress in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Another way to help avoid headaches is to stay hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. If headaches are still bothering you, it’s time to see a chiropractor.

A chiropractor can adjust the neck and upper back to improve spinal function and alleviate stress on your nervous system. They might recommend additional therapies (hot pack, muscle work, stretching exercises, etc.) to assist with the adjustment and relieve any tension that could be in the neck. If you know of any children that suffer from headaches, chiropractors can treat them as well. Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many areas beyond just treatment for low back pain. They are trained to treat patients of all ages!

http://www.acatoday.org/Portals/60/Docs/Patients/Patient%20Fact%20Sheets/thyLiving_HeadachesChiropractic.pdf

Conditions and Health Issues Chiropractic can help with from A-Z

Arthritic pain,treat-broken-ribs-step-1
Back pain,
Colicky babies,
Digestive issues,
Ear infections,
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Growing pains,
Headaches, hip pain,
Injuries from a car accident,
Joint pain,
Knee pain,
Low back pain,
Migraines,
Neck pain, Nutrition, Numbness,
Overuse syndromes,
Pain,
Quitting an unhealthy lifestyle,
Repetitive strains and sprains, Soreness in muscles, sport injuries, scoliosis,
Tightness in muscles,
Urinary incontinence in children (aka bed wetting),d8cb52de37ea4c3b667ceb277b679fe8
Vitamin disorders,
Work compensation injuries,                                                                         
X-ray imaging,
Your individual health concerns,
Zinc issues.