Headaches & Migraines Specialist

Whether you suffer from debilitating migraines or the occasional tension headache, instead of reaching for pain medication, consider non-invasive and drug-free chiropractic treatment. Top-rated chiropractor Dr. Swanson, located in the Mission District of San Francisco, uses chiropractic therapies to quickly and effectively relieve headache and migraine pain for patients of all ages throughout the Mission District, SoMa, and Hayes Valley neighborhoods of San Francisco.

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Headaches & Migraines Q & A

More than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic or recurring headaches. They are also the leading cause of missed days from work and school, according to the National Headache Foundation. Some 70% of headache sufferers are women, while 20% of children and teens also suffer significant headaches. An extensive and eclectic list of reasons cause headaches. These range from grinding your teeth while you sleep to a hangover. Most headaches, however, are connected to muscle tension and irritation of the nerves and blood vessels in the neck.

Headaches are generally classified by their symptoms. The most common types are:

– Tension headaches, which afflict the largest number of people and are characterized by a bilateral pressing or tightening pain.
– Migraine headaches, which cause an extreme unilateral throbbing pain, are often accompanied by nausea. Some migraines also cause ocular disturbances, called aura, which may include seeing flickering lights, zigzag lines, or spots. A migraine can last from several hours to several days, and occasionally even longer. Migraines are believed to have a genetic component, as they often run in families.
– Cluster headaches, which occur in a cycle or “cluster” and can last from a couple of weeks up to a couple of months. These periods are followed by long stretches of remission. Pain is usually concentrated on one side of the head.

Dr. Swanson first conducts a complete examination to diagnose the source of your headache pain. If it is related to any misalignment in the cervical spine, called subluxation, he will utilize one or more chiropractic therapies. Chiropractic treatments are proven extremely effective, not only in relieving pain but in preventing future headaches, as well. Among these treatments are manual manipulations and adjustments, trigger point stimulation, myofascial release, posture correction exercises, acupressure, and ergonomic recommendations.