Headaches

Valley Spinal Care-Kierland

Chiropractor located in Kierland, Scottsdale, AZ

Headaches are one of the most common reasons people seek medical treatment. At Valley Spinal Care Kierland, Scottsdale, Arizona, they address the source of your headache, such as a pinched nerve or misaligned back, to help relieve your pain. Chiropractic care for headaches is a natural alternative to medications. Find out if you’re an appropriate candidate by calling today or booking a consultation online.

Headaches Q & A

What kind of headache do I have?

If you have a headache, it's typically one of two types, primary or secondary. Primary headaches are the most common. Tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches are all forms of primary headaches. A health condition doesn't cause these types of headaches. 

In contrast, secondary headaches are brought on by a separate health condition, such as an infection, brain tumor, or bleeding within the brain. These kinds of headaches are rare.

Contrary to what many people believe, eye strain and high blood pressure (except for extremely high blood pressure) don’t usually cause headaches.

How can I tell a migraine from a headache?

Migraines are generally accompanied by other symptoms, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Visual disturbances, like seeing spots

The severity of the headache is an excellent way to judge whether it’s a migraine. A migraine is generally more severe than a headache.

How does Valley Spinal Care Kierland diagnose the reason for my headache?

Your provider at Valley Spinal Care Kierland performs a physical exam. They ask you to describe in great detail the location of your headache and any related symptoms. They'll ask: 

  • Where do you feel it?
  • How long does it last?
  • What seems to trigger it?
  • What does it feel like? (sharp, dull, throbbing, etc.)
  • Does anything seem to relieve your headache?

The team at Valley Spinal Care Kierland has seen that most headaches are related to problems with the head or neck. As chiropractors, they assess your headache, looking for a misalignment or a pinched nerve that may be causing your headache. 

Once they’ve honed in on a mechanical issue, they recommend a holistic treatment plan to address your health as a whole person — not just as a set of symptoms.

How does chiropractic care address a headache?

Your provider recommends manipulations and adjustments to address issues like a pinched nerve or misalignment in your back that may be related to your headache or migraine. They manually adjust your back to realign your spine, relieving the pressure on your nerves.

Chiropractic techniques are a natural way to seek relief from a headache or migraine, without relying on medications or pain relievers. To find out whether you’d benefit from headache care at Valley Spinal Care Kierland, call today or book a consultation online.