Our NuView Health Medical Chiropractor in Midtown Manhattan Shares How Migraines Lead to Rebound Headaches
Your head is throbbing. You take a pain reliever (also known as an analgesic). That's okay. It happens to all of us at some time. As long as it is an occasional headache and as long as you don't take them longer than three days, all is normal. If you have a headache disorder such as a migraine, and you continue to use pain relievers long-term, stop abruptly. You may develop what is called a "rebound headache." A rebound headache pleads for another round of pain relievers, which provokes another headache when it wears off, and a vicious cycle is set in motion. The headaches will probably become more frequent and more painful, and at some point, they may not go away. Here, at NuView Health Medical in New York, NY we want to help you with treatment.
Some Likely Offenders
Most over-the-counter (OTC) medications that we automatically reach for have been found to cause rebound headaches if misused. Among these are aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen to name a few. Headache treatments containing caffeine - such as Anacin, Excedrin, Bayer Select, and others - can also be triggers. Many prescription medications can lead to rebound headaches.
Chiropractic Treatment of Rebound Headaches
Both the OTC and prescription medications are simply masking the symptoms, not dealing with them at their core. There are alternatives to perpetuating the problem. We can offer more natural ways of managing such headaches. At NuView Health Medical in New York City, our chiropractor treats migraines and rebound headaches in a more effective manner applying the basic principles of chiropractic care: That proper manipulation can re-align the musculoskeletal system, which alleviates swelling and pressure on the nerves, and allows the body to heal itself without surgery or medications. Chiropractic care is hands-on therapy and is, therefore, less invasive.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
The chiropractor will take a full past medical history, discuss the evolution of your current issue, its frequency, duration, what remedies you have tried, and compile a list of your current medications and supplements. In addition, he may take x-rays or perform other tests to pinpoint the cause of a headache. The therapeutic plan may include weaning off of some medications, nutritional counseling, and supplementation, as well as chiropractic adjustments.
The path to a better quality of life will not take place overnight but can be achieved over time. A series of changes to include medication discontinuation, diet, and gentle manipulation, all of which need to happen gradually, can yield lasting results.
Call NuView Health Medical in New York, NY for Your Appointment Today!
Dr. Alan Belsky, a licensed chiropractor for over 28 years, leads a team of professionals who have successfully served the New York community for over 15 years. Call us at (212) 588-0707 to make your appointment.