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Headaches and Migraines

It isn't unusual for people to downplay the pain of a headache. Part of the reason is because a lot of people get them. As many as 90% of the population reports at least occasional headaches. Most people treat their headaches with either over the counter medications or prescriptions. However, it can actually be safer and more effective to seek out headache and migraine treatment from a chiropractor in Alexandria, such as Back to Health Center.

Why People Get Headaches

woman holding head from migraine pain in Alexandria, VAThere are two main types of headaches; primary and secondary headaches. Primary headaches are those that are not a sign of other ailments, the headache is the primary concern. This is the case most of the time. Secondary headaches are often a symptom of a more serious condition, which can vary from anything from a brain tumor, a concussion, a panic attack, a stroke, or more. When headaches are especially persistent, it is best to look into other possible conditions that might be going on as well.

Headaches can be triggered by different things as well, including stress, physical exertion, or changed in external pressure or temperature. Many people also get headaches from alcohol, medications, strong smells, or certain kinds of foods.

Chiropractic Care Proven to Help With Headaches

Besides neck and back pain, headaches are actually among the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care. Most of the time we treat headaches with spinal manipulation, which is most effective when it comes to headaches that have originated in the neck.  A 2001 Duke University study revealed that tension headache that started in the neck responded almost immediately to this type of treatment. In addition, another study conducted in 1995 and reported in the  Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics revealed that the effects of chiropractic treatments were actually sustained for several weeks beyond the actual treatment.

Getting Comfortable With Chiropractic

While chiropractic care has been proven to help with a variety of ailments, including headache and migraine treatment, it is still hard for some people to get used to the idea of treating pain in an unfamiliar way. One way to get past apprehensive feelings is to go to a chiropractor in Alexandria that is known for quality and customer satisfaction. At the Back to Health Center, we are proud to have won the 2015 Patient's Choice Award for the best chiropractor in Alexandria, Virginia.

While we have helped many people with headache and migraine treatment, we also go out of our way to serve patients with other ailments as well, such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica and sports injuries. Our services also go beyond chiropractic services, to include massage therapy, acupuncture, cold laser therapy, and injury rehabilitation. Many people who don't feel ready for chiropractic are more comfortable with massage therapy which is still effective in relieving stress and can help a variety of pains.

If you are experiencing headaches, there's a good chance that either the services of one of our chiropractors or massage therapy can provide you with the relief you need. Contact us to discuss treatment options or schedule an appointment.

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Chiropractic Office Hours

Monday7am - 12pm3:30pm - 6pm
Tuesday7am - 12pm3pm - 7:15pm
Wednesday7am - 12pm3:30pm - 6pm
Thursday7am - 12pm3pm - 7:15pm
Friday7am - 12pm
Day Open Close
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7am - 12pm 7am - 12pm 7am - 12pm 7am - 12pm 7am - 12pm Closed Closed
3:30pm - 6pm 3pm - 7:15pm 3:30pm - 6pm 3pm - 7:15pm Closed Closed


Massage Therapy Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9am 9am 9am 9am 9am 9am 10am
8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 7pm 4pm


Acupuncture Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9am 9am 9am 9am 9am 9am Closed
6pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 2pm Closed


..I am extremely grateful for the outstanding care that I receive from Dr. Shara, and I highly recommend the Back to Health Center to anyone who is interested in improving their health through high quality care.

Pam V
Alexandria, VA

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