Headaches & Migraines

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Headaches & Migraines

Headaches vs. Migraines

A headache is a broad term used to describe pain or discomfort in the head or neck region. It is a common symptom experienced by many people and can vary in intensity and duration. Headaches can have various causes, such as tension, sinus problems, dehydration, eye strain, or even underlying health conditions. On the other hand, a migraine is a specific type of headache characterized by recurring episodes of moderate to severe throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head. Migraines often come with additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual disturbances (known as auras) that can precede or accompany the headache. These episodes can last for hours to days and can significantly impact a person’s daily activities. It is worth noting that while all migraines are headaches, not all headaches are migraines.


How can Veeva help?

At Veeva Chiropractic Clinic, we treat your headache and migraine problems by addressing the source of your pain. After giving you a thorough examination and discussing your medical history with you, treatment for headaches or migraines will typically include spinal adjustments and/or massage therapy with the goal of bringing the vertebrae back into correct alignment in order to relieve pinched nerves and overall pain.


How can you alleviate symptoms?

Here are a few suggestions for those who suffer from regular headaches or migraines and who have not been diagnosed with an underlying disorder or disease:
If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer or on a sewing machine, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.

If you work in an office or are a student, ensure that your desk, chair, and computer monitor are ergonomically-friendly. Your computer monitor should be an arm’s length away and should be slightly below your horizontal optical axis. Your keyboard and mouse should be in line with your elbows, and your knees and elbows should be at a right angle. Finally, your feet should be placed firmly on the floor; if your feet cannot touch the floor, a foot stool can be used.
Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics. Avoid teeth clenching.

The upper teeth should never touch the lower teeth, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches. If you find that you clench your teeth while you sleep, speak to your dentist about wearing a nightguard. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.


Where Are We Located?

You can book an appointment at one of our many Veeva clinics across
Oregon and Southern Washington


11900 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
Beaverton, OR 97005

9995 SE 82nd Ave
Happy Valley, OR 97086

558 SE 10th Ave
Hillsboro, OR

19125 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97233

1497 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97301​

1585 N Pacific Hwy
Woodburn, OR 97071​

5201 E Fourth Plain Blvd.
Suite 103Vancouver, WA 98661

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