Headaches Specialist

Arctic Medical Center -  - Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Specialist

Arctic Medical Center

Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Specialists located in Anchorage, AK

Chronic headaches can drastically diminish your quality of life, as the discomfort can prevent you from enjoying your favorite activities. At Arctic Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, the experienced health care experts offer effective treatments for headache relief. Don’t live with chronic headaches or migraine pain when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Arctic Medical Center over the phone or online today.

Headaches Q & A

What are headaches?

Headaches involve pain in your head that might be mild or severe. Nearly everyone has a headache from time to time, but chronic head pain can be debilitating. You may experience:

  • Dull, aching pain
  • Sharp or throbbing pain
  • Pain on just one side of your head
  • Pain behind your eyes

With migraine headaches, you might also experience nausea or visual impairments in addition to severe head pain.

What are the risk factors for headaches?

Headaches have numerous causes. The following factors may increase your risk of developing head pain.

  • Skipping meals
  • Dehydration
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Hormone fluctuations 
  • Alcohol use or eating certain foods
  • Stress and tension 
  • Head trauma
  • A tumor
  • Some medications
  • Changes in sleep patterns


Some causes of headaches aren’t entirely clear, as genetic and environmental factors both play roles in their development. 

How are headaches diagnosed?

The expert health care team at Arctic Medical Center helps diagnose the cause of headaches. They review your symptoms and medical history and complete a physical exam. 

Your provider might also use blood tests or imaging procedures, such as a CT scan or MRI, to rule out head trauma or a tumor.

What is the treatment for headaches?

Your personalized headache treatment plan depends on the severity and frequency of your headaches, and your health history. Your Arctic Medical Center specialist might recommend:

Medications

Certain medications help prevent headaches from occurring or correct hormone imbalances responsible for chronic headaches or migraines.

Physical therapy

Arctic Medical Center providers also recommend regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, yoga, and other stress-relieving therapies to relieve headaches. 

Completing specific exercises or stretches helps strengthen muscles and joints within your neck, shoulders, and back to alleviate headaches and other types of chronic pain.

Chiropractic care

During chiropractic care, your chiropractor uses a series of manual adjustments to realign your spine and lower your risk of headaches. You might experience popping or cracking sounds in your spine, but the procedure isn’t painful.

Massage

Massage is a natural way to relieve muscle tension and headache discomfort. While you lie down on a comfortable massage table, your provider places pressure on specific areas of your head, neck, shoulders, and back to stimulate pain relief naturally.

Don’t let headaches ruin your quality of life when simple treatments are within reach at Arctic Medical Center. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.