Headache and Migraine Treatment

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Headache and Migraine Treatment in Sunnyvale

Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints. Most people experience them at some point in their life. They  affect anyone regardless of age, race, and gender.  A headache can occur in any part of the head.  They can occur on  both sides of the head, or in just one location.

Nine out of ten people suffer from headaches. This can be quite debilitating. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache among adults and teens. They cause mild to moderate pain and come and go over time.

Research shows that spinal manipulation is an effective treatment option for headaches. (read more)  Manipulation by a chiropractor results in almost immediate improvement in symptoms. There are also fewer side effects than those treated with medication.  

Dr. Cady suffers with Migraine Headaches.  Therefore he understands your pain and will work with you to stabilize your headaches.  Call today so you can feel better soon.

Headaches and Migraine Treatment

Dr. Scott Cady can help you in our Sunnyvale chiropractic office.

One of the most common complaints in our office is migraine and headache.  There are many types of headaches with varying causes.  The most common type is tension headache.

Tension headaches often result from prolonged contraction of the suboccipital muscles. These muscles bridge the junction between the back of the skull and the bones of the neck. Several mechanisms seem to cause the common headache.  

Muscle Inflammation and Trigger Points:

Firstly,  more than ever people sit for hours with tight muscles.  Secondly they do not have enough physical activity.  When muscles contract, they burn fuel and produce waste. Among the waste products of muscle contraction are lactic acid, histamine and bradykinins. These waste products are irritants, so if they are not efficiently removed from the muscle they can cause muscular inflammation.  As a result, we feel pain as we develop “trigger points.”

Waste products should subsequently be diluted and removed from the muscle tissue by circulation. This process relies on the normal “contract-relax” cycle in the muscle. As the muscle contracts it creates pressure on the fluids inside the muscle. After that, the muscle pushes the blood out carrying away muscular waste products. During the muscle relaxation, pressure decreases and blood floods back in, bringing vital nutrients.

Meanwhile, when we sit or stand we are using many back and neck muscles. These are required to support our body. For instance, when muscles are held contracted for a prolonged time (hours spent sitting or standing), they produce irritating wastes.  Over time these irritants can cause the muscles to lose their natural suppleness.  The conclusion is the muscles becomes stiff and short. So headaches can result as well as pain into the neck and head.

Joint Irritation and Nerve Compression

The vertebrae of the spine fit together on moving joints that provide strength and stability to the spine.   Consequently, the neck  maintains the vertebrae in proper working alignment with one another. The joints of the spine in the neck are richly supplied with nerve fibers.   As a result, these fibers can cause pain in the head and neck when the joints are physically under strain or injury.

The affected joints of the spine often undergo subluxation. This causes strain and injury to the joints and supporting tissues. The result of the subluxation, ligament strain and joint injury, is headache.


Dr. Cady utilizes spinal manipulation to improve the motion of joint restriction. In addition,  physical therapy modalities can speed recovery.  Therapy includes electrical muscle stimulation, ice and traction help to decrease inflammation.   This  subsequently reduces your painful headaches.  During treatment, you should improve steadily. 

The next step is to improve range of motion in your neck to a normal level. This is accomplished through proper stretches and exercises. Dr. Cady will guide you in your rehabilitation through the whole process, but you will need to be consistent with your stretches. We have you begin slowly with gentle stretches.  Eventually, you can graduate to more strenuous exercises.  As a result, you can return to your normal life.

Call us today for an appointment at 408-739-2273 to help your headaches now!