Headache Specialist

Brave Roots Chiropractic

Steve Cook, DC

Chiropractor & Animal Chiropractor located in Fort Collins, CO

Regular headache pain isn’t normal and could be a sign of an underlying issue, dehydration, or low blood sugar. If you experience headaches more than once per month, see Steve Cook, DC, at Brave Roots Chiropractic. Dr. Cook offers an array of natural headache solutions for adults and children in Fort Collins, Colorado. With chiropractic care, you can reduce the severity and frequency of your headaches — or eliminate them altogether. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Headache Q & A

What are the signs of a headache?

There are many different types of headaches with their own unique signs and symptoms, though common, overlapping headache symptoms include:

  • Head and neck pain
  • Throbbing or stabbing pain
  • Pain in the forehead, temples, or sinuses
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Jaw pain
  • Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, or hands
  • Pain behind the ears or tearing eyes

Additional symptoms of a headache can include more general feelings of fatigue and malaise, especially if you experience eye strain, trouble sleeping, or dehydration.

What causes headaches?

There are many known headaches triggers, including:

  • Dehydration
  • Excess caffeine intake or caffeine withdrawal
  • Low blood sugar
  • Neck pain or injury
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Changes in weather, especially barometric pressure
  • Certain foods, such as aged cheeses, alcohol, and MSG

While many headaches triggers can be reduced through healthy lifestyle changes — including maintaining a regular sleeping and eating cycle — other triggers are hard to avoid or manage. Dr. Cook provides additional solutions to reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches, naturally.

Are there different types of headaches?

Yes, there are different types of headaches that can be categorized based on the location of your headache pain and the type of pain you’re experiencing, whether stabbing, dull, aching, or throbbing. Common types of headaches include:

  • Tension headaches
  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Sinus or allergy headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • Exertional headaches
  • Migraines

Some types of headaches — called secondary headaches — are the result of another medical condition. If Dr. Cook suspects your headache is caused by another condition, he may refer you for additional testing or treatment.

How are headaches treated?

Treatment for headache pain depends on the type of headache you’re experiencing and its cause. In many cases, lifestyle modifications — including getting restful sleep, drinking plenty of water, and maintaining normal blood sugar levels — can lessen your frequency of headaches.

For headaches with a mechanical or soft tissue cause — such as joint dysfunction or whiplash — Dr. Cook offers treatment options, including:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Postural exercises
  • Rehabilitation
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Ergonomic changes to improve your work station
  • Suggestions for pillows or other improvements to your sleep

In some cases — such as migraine headaches — Dr. Cook may refer you to a neurologist for additional testing or medication, especially if you experience persistent daily migraines and need additional medical support.

To set up a visit for your headaches, call Brave Roots Chiropractic or book online now.