Headaches

Enhanced Medical Centers -  - Chiropractic

Enhanced Medical Centers

Chiropractic & Primary Care Practice located in Tempe, AZ

An occasional headache is one thing, but frequent headache pain can disrupt your life and can indicate an underlying spinal condition. The chiropractic and primary care team at Enhanced Medical Centers in Tempe, Arizona, led by Quentin Smith, DC, and Candace Gaitanis, APRN, CFNP, CFMP, expertly diagnose the underlying causes of your headaches and provide natural, long-term pain relief. If you regularly experience headaches or migraines, call the office today to schedule a consultation or use the convenient online booking tool.

Headaches Q & A

What causes headaches?

Headaches are the result of a variety of issues, including underlying conditions and structural problems.

Primary headaches

When your headaches are the result of structural problems in your spine, neck, or head, they’re considered primary headaches. 

There’s no underlying health problem with primary headaches, but rather a musculoskeletal or neurological problem. People of all ages can get primary headaches, including cluster, tension, and migraine headaches.

Secondary headaches

A variety of underlying conditions can lead to secondary headaches, including:

  • Sinus infections
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Prescription pain medications
  • High blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Concussions
  • Certain foods and preservatives
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Stroke

The chiropractic and primary care team at Enhanced Medical Centers conducts a thorough exam and discusses your medical history to determine the underlying causes and contributing health issues that could be causing your headaches. They create a customized treatment plan based on your individual needs so you can get long-term pain relief.

What types of headache treatments provide relief from pain?

The medical and chiropractic team takes a holistic, integrated approach to treating your headaches. They can prescribe a combination of lifestyle changes and natural therapies to help you get relief and prevent headaches from occurring in the first place.

Based on the root causes of your headaches or migraines, your treatment plan could include any combination of the following:

  • Chiropractic adjustments to realign your neck and spine
  • Nutritional modifications
  • Spinal decompression therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Postural corrections
  • Stretching exercises
  • Flexion and distraction therapy
  • IV vitamin therapy
  • Heat and ice therapy

Additionally, the team offers allergy testing to confirm or rule out any allergies that could be contributing to your frequent headaches.

How can I prevent headaches?

The focus of your care at Enhanced Medical Centers is not only on pain relief but also on preventing future headaches whenever possible. 

Not all headaches can be prevented, but it’s possible to reduce their occurrence and frequency. To reduce chronic tension headaches and migraines, the following lifestyle changes are often helpful:

  • Avoid skipping meals
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Reduce processed foods in your diet
  • Avoid excess alcohol consumption
  • Have regular chiropractic adjustments
  • Drink enough water
  • Get enough exercise
  • Reduce or eliminate certain medications

Over time, the experienced team of health care providers at Enhanced Medical Centers can help you reduce your need for medications to combat headache pain. Natural therapies and treatments provide lasting relief. 

Call the office to schedule a consultation today or book online anytime.