Headaches

Gil Coleman, DC -  - Chiropractor

The Wellness Center for Sport and Spine

Gil Coleman, DC

Chiropractor located in Fort Collins, CO

Everyone gets a headache occasionally, but if you have frequent or severe headaches, it could be a sign of a more serious issue. At The Wellness Center For Sport and Spine in Fort Collins, Colorado, Gil Coleman, DC, offers thorough diagnostics to assess your headaches and customized, intentional therapies to relieve the underlying condition causing your pain. If you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines, call The Wellness Center For Sport and Spine or schedule a consultation online today.

Headaches Q & A

What causes headaches and migraines?

Many factors contribute to headaches and migraines. One of the factors most often missed by doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists is cranial meningeal torsion. This tension causes a winding up of the protective coverings, or meninges, of the brain and spinal cord.

The result can be repetitive headaches, migraine, stiffness, and feeling extremely tight and tense. Headaches also are often triggered by muscle tension or nerve compression in your back, neck, or jaw. You might also be dehydrated, hungry, or fatigued. 

Migraines may be triggered by issues with your trigeminal nerve, hormonal changes, and environmental factors.

When should I talk to a chiropractor about headaches?

If you have an occasional headache that goes away quickly and doesn’t disrupt your life, you probably don’t need professional treatment.

However, if you have headaches or migraines more than 2-3 times a week, or if your pain is so severe that it prevents you from going to work or attending social functions, make an appointment with Dr. Coleman at The Wellness Center For Sport and Spine. 

How can a chiropractor treat headaches?

Dr. Coleman takes a conservative approach to treating headaches and migraines. All too often, other providers immediately perform adjustments that don’t relieve your pain and can sometimes make things worse. Using a treatment other than an adjustment is often a more effective approach that provides greater relief.

Dr. Coleman begins with a thorough consultation followed by a detailed examination. If muscle tension and spasm is present, using methods to release muscle tension in your upper back, neck, and jaw is typically helpful. Using specific rehabilitative exercises to improve your range of motion.

He might also teach you stretches to practice at home and recommend some lifestyle adjustments to reduce other factors that can contribute to your pain.

If or when your treatment progresses to include chiropractic adjustments, patients are frequently surprised at how easy and gentle they handle spinal corrections.

Cranial adjustments combined with other hands-on techniques unwind tension in your connective tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, and meninges) to increase flexibility, and take the pressure off your nerves, joints, and muscles.

What is the Sacro-Occipital technique? 

Sacro-Occipital Technique cranial adjustments are gentle manipulations that release imbalances and tension that interfere with the function of the nerves, muscles, and other tissue in your head and jaw. He also uses this gentle approach to correct alignment issues in your cervical spine. 

You don’t need to suffer through headaches and migraines. Call The Wellness Center For Sport and Spine or make an appointment online today to learn how Dr. Coleman can relieve your pain and restore your quality of life.