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Dealing with Chronic Headaches in St. Cloud, MN

Woodlands Chiropractic is a comprehensive chiropractic and physical therapy center located in St. Cloud, MN. Under the expert care of Dr. Michael Balfanz and his professional team, Woodlands Chiropractic is fully equipped to help alleviate the symptoms of chronic headaches and provide you with the proper treatment for the best results possible.

What are chronic headaches?

It has been shown that nine of ten Americans suffer from headaches. The symptoms of a headache can differ greatly in pain location, pain intensity, and headache frequency. Chronic headache is a condition that is diagnosed when an individual has headaches occurring at least 15 days out of the month. The condition affects women twice as often as men and is categorized into four types: chronic tension headaches, chronic migraine headaches, daily persistent headaches, and hemicrania continua headaches.

  • Tension headaches: Typically mild or moderate pain on either side of the head. Described as feeling tightness, nausea and light sensitivity can also appear.
  • Migraine headaches: Typically sever pain on one side of the head. Usually it is throbbing pain, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound are common.
  • Daily persistent headaches: Typically mild or moderate pain on either side of the head. Usually begin with no warning and are experienced on a daily basis.
  • Hemicrania continua: Typically moderate pain that is continuous on either side of the face. A runny nose, nasal congestion, and red teary eye accompany the pain. The symptoms are similar to those of tension headaches, migraine headaches, and cluster headaches.


There are several concerns that can cause chronic headaches. These include overuse of pain medication, obesity, stress, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, caffeine overuse, infections, illnesses, and brain abnormalities. Another common cause is the presence of pinched nerves.

How can chiropractic care help?

Chronic headaches are often treated medically with medications including anti-depressants and beta blockers. Many times these medications only mask the problem; it is always wise to consult an experienced chiropractor who can solve the real issue that is causing the pain. This will allow long-term relief without the use of medications. In fact, a study by the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association showed that the frequency of chronic headaches was significantly reduced following chiropractic treatment.

A complete examination is provided including a history of the issues to help determine the root cause of your chronic headaches. The examination will find if the headache could be the result of misaligned vertebrae in the spine. This is called subluxation, and can create interference in the nerves causing pain. Often, spinal manipulation is used and has proven to provide immediate relief in many headache cases.

Why Woodlands Chiropractic?

Woodlands Chiropractic knows that regular chiropractic care can help to alleviate and resolve the symptoms of chronic headaches by allowing your body to work together as it should. A professional wellness center such as Woodlands is uniquely skilled to provide you with the knowledge, treatment, and education needed. We are passionate about improving our patient’s quality of lives through good health. If you are suffering from the symptoms of chronic headaches, you can rest assured that Woodlands Chiropractic can help.

Woodlands Chiropractic is a comprehensive health care clinic. Our experience and knowledge coupled with our caring approach results in a superb experience with exceptional results. Contact us at: 320-240-0300 to schedule a consultation with us, or send us a message via our online form. Don’t let chronic headaches affect your quality of life, contact Woodlands Chiropractic today!