Headaches Treatment Provider

Freedom Chiropractic

Jake Schmitz, DC

Chiropractor located in Fargo, ND

If you suffer from headaches or migraines, a trip to the chiropractor may be the last thing on your mind, but it can help. Dr. Jake Schmitz, DC at Freedom Chiropractic Health Center has been helping patients reduce the severity and frequency of headaches for years. Located in Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Jake takes a holistic, whole-person approach to healing, and can get you headache-free and feeling better in no time. Schedule your initial appointment online today, and get ready to say goodbye to headaches once and for all.

Headaches Q & A

What causes headaches?

Many headaches result from an issue in the musculoskeletal system. Those include pinched nerves or tension headaches caused by stress held in the neck muscles. Migraines, a specific kind of severe headache, are caused by constricted blood vessels and are often brought on by specific triggers.

What chiropractic techniques are used to reduce headaches?

When you visit Dr. Jake for headache treatment, he completes a thorough examination to determine the cause of your headaches and creates a customized treatment plan to address the issues. This treatment plan may include spinal adjustments to realign the spine or relieve pressure on pinched nerves. 

He may also recommend therapeutic massage to relax the rectus capitis posterior minor (RCPM) muscle, which is associated with certain types of headaches, such as tension or cluster headaches. By relaxing this muscle, he reduces the frequency and severity of these headaches, and there may be a reduction in muscle spasms.

Dr. Jake may also counsel you on lifestyle changes to help reduce the frequency of your headaches.

How can headaches be prevented?

Some, but not all, headaches are preventable. Dr. Jake’s recommendation is for patients to avoid staying in a fixed position for an extended period.

If you spend a lot of time in one position, such as bent over a computer, he suggests getting up and stretching every 30-60 minutes. It’s especially important to stretch the neck and move the head through its complete range of motion.

His other suggestions include:

  • Starting a low-impact exercise routine
  • Avoiding teeth clenching
  • Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day
  • Learning relaxation techniques
  • Providing a more ergonomic work station

How long before headaches go away?

Many of Dr. Jake’s patients experience a reduction in both the severity and frequency of their headaches after just one chiropractic treatment.

If you don’t see the results you were hoping for after the first visit, don’t panic. It can take weeks, sometimes longer, for the spine and nerves to heal.

Sometimes multiple treatments are required before you notice any improvement. If the spine has been out of alignment for a long time, or your muscles hold a lot of tension, it can take several adjustments before the spine remains in place, and the muscles stabilize and support it.

How does Dr. Jake help relieve your headaches? 

Dr. Jake at Freedom Chiropractic Health Center can help evaluate overall lifestyle and wellness decisions. He is driven to help his patients to naturally live a happier and healthier life through wellness, nutrition, and lifestyle evaluations. If you suffer from headaches and are looking for a natural solution, Dr. Jake can help. Schedule your initial appointment online today and get ready to say goodbye to headaches for good.