Headaches and Chiropractic

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Every person at some time or another deals with headaches. Whether it is due to stress, emotional trauma, illness, or maybe for no apparent reason at all. Usually, most people just reach for some over the counter painkiller and quickly are back to normal. However, there are times when the headaches either don’t go away or continue coming back on a more frequent basis becoming worse over time.

A common misconception that many people have is that if they wait, the frequency of the headaches will resolve itself on their own. What are the dangers of getting constant headaches? Well, headaches that are frequent and/or severe could actually be your body indicating that something more serious is wrong. Additionally, for some people, chronic headaches can be extremely debilitating.  Having constant headaches can make performing everyday tasks nearly impossible.

So, what causes headaches?

There can be any number of causes for a headache, but specific symptoms can help you or a professional figure out the underlying cause and the best avenue of treatment. Your chiropractor can definitely help determine the cause of your headaches through exams and image tests. Generally, typical headaches occur due to excessive activity or because of compression of pain-sensitive organs. Many structures within or around the brain and neck, such nerves and muscles, play a role in instigating headaches. Other factors that could trigger headaches include:

  • Alcohol

  • Processed and salty foods

  • Improper Hydration

  • Lack of sleep

  • Poor posture

  • Stress

Headaches can also involve pain being transferred from other bony or soft tissues like muscles of the neck. This kind of headache is known as a cervicogenic headache since it arises from your cervical spine and/or from other surrounding structures. This is why getting the right treatment for any muscle joint dysfunction can relieve your headaches so you can feel better.

How can a chiropractor help with headaches?

Chiropractors are trained in the anatomy, diagnosis, and therapy involving the spine and corresponding muscle tissue as well as the central nervous system. They can give you a comprehensive examination to figure out whether your symptoms are due to alignment dysfunction of the skeletal structure or because of surrounding structures such as muscles.

A chiropractor can also asses other possible causes and refer you to other medical professionals when need be for more testing or specific care. By taking a comprehensive history, they are also able to find out if your lifestyle choices like food, drinking or occupation could be factors of your frequent headaches.

You can discuss concerns and treatment options with your chiropractor. Therapy options can include spinal manipulation, tissue therapy, or other treatments such as an exercise program to help improve your posture.

Chiropractic care is a great holistic option for you. It doesn’t have any of the potential risks that man-made medication has. Chiropractic is the most safe and most effective treatment for cervicogenic (neck caused) headaches. So visit your chiropractor today and rid yourself of those annoying and debilitating headaches today.

Jose Zaragoza