Headaches Specialist

The Athletes Clinic

Chiropractors located in Charlotte, NC

Around 70% of people get at least one headache a year, but for many, the condition is more chronic. If you constantly get headaches, Amanda Wiechens, DC, can help you prevent or manage them with various treatments at The Athletes Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina. Book an appointment over the phone or request one online today.

Headaches Q&A

What are headaches?

Headaches are a common condition that can affect anyone, resulting in pain or tension somewhere in your head, scalp, or neck. Some headaches are very temporary and only last for a few hours, while others are associated with chronic conditions and happen often. 

If you experience regular or severe headaches, The Athlete’s Clinic helps you explore options for ongoing treatment. Sometimes, an approach with multiple treatment strategies is the best way to manage headaches. 

Which type of headache do I have?

Not all headaches are exactly alike, and there are a few different classifications. First, primary headaches are headaches that come on their own and not as the result of a distinct underlying condition. Secondary headaches are complications or symptoms of other conditions, including sinusitis or medication overuse. 

Being specific about your headache symptoms can lead Dr. Wiechens to diagnose you with:

Tension headaches

Tension headaches, the most common type, make you feel like you have a tight band wrapped around your head. They arise when the muscles in your scalp or neck tighten and become tense. 

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches cause pain on one side of the head behind your eye. You get lots of them within a short period of time, up to six weeks, which is called the cluster period. 

Thunderclap headaches

Thunderclap headaches cause abrupt, severe pain. While they only last for around five minutes at a time, the pain is excruciating and may indicate an urgent underlying health issue. 

Migraines

Migraines cause intense, often throbbing pain on one side of your head along with other symptoms like sensitivity to light and sounds. You have chronic migraines if you get them 15 or more days of the month.

How are headaches treated?

The Athletes Clinic offers various chiropractic and physical therapy treatments that may reduce the number or severity of your headaches. During an initial consultation, Dr. Wiechens goes over your treatment options after reviewing your medical history and headache symptoms. 

Treatments that may benefit you include:

  • Dry needling
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Spinal decompression or manipulation
  • Nutritional guidance and supplements
  • Active Release Technique®
  • Electrostimulation
  • Therapeutic ultrasound

Dr. Wiechens can also work with you to identify specific headache triggers. Avoiding your triggers goes a long way in preventing avoidable headaches and migraines. 

Getting headaches often can quickly become a major setback in your work and personal life. To schedule a consultation for headache treatments, call The Athletes Clinic or request an appointment online today.