For many people, headaches are fact of life, and pain medications only offer temporary relief. But there are long-term solutions.
At Better Chiropractic in Gilbert, Arizona, Dr. Brennan Bates uses manual techniques and state-of-the-art therapies, attacking the pain at its source to not only stop the pain, but to prevent future headaches from disrupting your life.
What causes headaches?
The most common type of headache is the tension headache, which hits hard and can be unrelenting for most people who get them.

With the amount of daily stress and lack of physical activity from working at a computer all day, it’s no wonder headaches are reaching record numbers.

Muscle tension and bad posture can lead to spasms that irritate the nerves in your neck and shoulders. From there, your head’s blood vessels pinch, and in no time, you’re suffering from throbbing or shooting pain.

With expert chiropractic care, our team eases your tension and realigns your neck, shoulders, and spine to treat the underlying cause of your headaches, stopping the pain and preventing it from coming back.

What are chronic headaches?
In contrast to tension headaches, which tend to come and go, chronic headaches are recurring headaches that cause pain on a regular basis.

Chronic headaches come in many forms, including:

- Migraines: Anyone who’s suffered a migraine knows how debilitating they can be. Not only does a migraine cause severe head pain, but it may also be accompanied by nausea and a sensitivity to light and sound.

- Cluster headaches: Cluster headaches create pain on one side of the head and are often accompanied by watery eyes, nasal congestion, and even swelling.

- Hemicrania continua: Hemicrania continua is another chronic condition that leads to localized head pain and can cause profuse sweating and swelling of the eyelids.

With physical treatments from our trained chiropractors, 80% of chronic headache sufferers studied reported reduced pain, reduced frequency, and a better quality of life.  

How does a chiropractor treat headaches?
The Better Chiropractic team works with you to locate your pain and assess its severity and frequency, so he can develop a unique strategy to treat the condition at its source and prevent future issues. Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following:
  • Massage therapy
  • Manual manipulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Dry needling

All of these techniques are safe, effective, and noninvasive. Our team also provides at-home therapies that you can practice between sessions to make sure you stay on track and get the most out of your work together.

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