Stress is normal and, to some extent, a necessary part of life that everyone experiences. What causes stress can differ from person to person. And how stress manifests in each person can be different as well. Some may experience various degrees of headaches ranging from mild to migraine. Others may feel the tension in their back, neck, and jaw.
There are many effective treatment options to reduce stress to help people feel like their optimal selves and avoid using pain medications. Chiropractic care is a great option to treat many of the symptoms stress may cause.
Dr. Marmorale is a well-respected Long Island chiropractor, trusted by his patients to assess their symptoms and use a variety of treatment plans to help ease their pain. He may opt for a combination of trigger point therapy, Kinesiology techniques, spinal adjustment, Graston Technique® therapy, massage therapy, and lifestyle and nutritional advice.
If you suffer from stress headaches or migraines and are searching for holistic treatment, call 516-679-2225 to schedule your first appointment.
Stress: Symptoms and Diagnosis
A certain amount of stress is a normal part of life. When it becomes overwhelming and impacts a person’s quality of life for an extended period, it becomes an issue that requires remediation.
Symptoms of stress can be emotional, cognitive, behavioral, or physical. There are many stress-reducing exercises and recommendations, and sometimes severe stress may require medical attention. Chiropractic care can help with some of the physical symptoms associated with stress.
- Upset stomach
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds and infections
- Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
- Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
- Low or reduced energy
- Neck / cerviogenic
- Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ)
- Occipital neuralgia
- Allergy or sinus
One of the most complained-about types of headache is the migraine headache. Specific physiologic changes that occur within the brain are the cause of a migraine headache.
Sensitivity to light, sound, and smells are the main characteristics of migraine headaches, and many patients experience nausea or vomiting. Patients may experience throbbing pain that typically occurs on one side near the temples, forehead, and eyes but can be experienced on both sides. The pain of a migraine is described as throbbing or pounding by many, and it can be disabling and may be made worse with physical exertion.
Many factors have been identified as migraine triggers, such as:
- Various foods, including aged cheeses, red wines, nitrates (preservatives used in smoked meats), artificial sweeteners, chocolate, and dairy products
- Exposure to strong stimuli such as bright lights, loud noises, or strong smells
- Changes in barometric pressure
- Some types of oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
- Normal hormone fluctuations occurring with regular menstrual cycles may predispose some women to experience migraines.
Not every individual who has migraines will experience a headache when exposed to these triggers. Keeping a headache journal can be beneficial to identify individual factors which lead to migraine.
If you suffer from these symptoms or notice that these triggers affect you, call 516-679-2225 to schedule an appointment with our caring, professional team.
When to See a Doctor
You should see a doctor when stress becomes overwhelming and impacts a person’s quality of life for an extended period. You should seek the help of your primary care physician or another medical doctor such as a gastroenterologist for some physical symptoms of stress such as stomach or chest pain. A psychotherapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist can help manage the mental health aspect of stress. A chiropractor can help with the physical symptoms of stress such as headaches, migraines, TMJ, and muscle pains or knots.
Treatment for Stress, Headaches, and Migraines
East Bay Chiropractic Wellness P.C. prefers to take a gentle, holistic approach to healing. Dr. Marmorale incorporates a variety of treatments for stress-related pain such as headaches, migraine, muscular pain, and TMJ. Trigger point therapies, Kinesiology techniques, Graston Technique® therapy, massage therapy, and gentle spinal manipulation to adjust the spine into proper alignment are all possible modalities that he will consider. He may also suggest some targeted exercises plus lifestyle and nutrition adjustments.
The Graston Technique® is an unexpected but highly effective treatment that may be used if the trigger for the headaches or migraines is muscular-related. Often there are muscles in the neck and upper back and shoulder region that may be a source of tension, likely causing or contributing to the headaches. This form of therapy uses rounded, stainless-steel tools that, with proper use by a trained clinician, such as Dr. Marmorale, can work through the knot, otherwise known as a myofascial trigger. Knots are located within a taut, muscular band and can be felt underneath the skin. It is tender when pressed or when external pressure is applied. The knot produces a spreading pain that likely contributes to the onset of a headache.
Get Chiropractic Care for Stress and Headaches at East Bay
Dr. Marmorale established East Bay Chiropractic Wellness P.C. to help ease people’s pain. The Long Island community has trusted him for years. He is also one of Long Island’s only certified Graston Technique® Specialists (GTS). His dual qualification makes him the ideal chiropractor to help with your stress-, headache-, or migraine-induced pain.
If you have persistent headaches, call East Bay Chiropractic Wellness P.C. today at (516) 679-2225 and get yourself moving along the road to wellness.
Useful Info and Health Tips
These self-care suggestions may help you gain at least temporary relief from your symptoms:
- Find a calm environment. At the first sign of a migraine, take a break and step away from whatever you’re doing, if possible. Lower or turn off lights. Try closing your eyes or sleeping if possible.
- Sleep well. Establish regular sleep hours. Unwind at the end of the day and minimize distractions.
- Eat wisely. Eat at about the same time every day and do not skip meals. Keep a food journal.
- Exercise regularly. Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
- Manage stress. Simplify your life, manage your time wisely, and take breaks.Do enjoyable activities and relax.
- Keep a headache/migraine diary. This will help to identify triggers.