We’ve all experienced a headache at some point in our life, but for some people it’s a daily occurrence. From chronic migraines to more mild occurrences, there could be an underlying issue causing your pain. Headaches are not something that should be shrugged off or ignored. There is no such thing as “just a normal headache.” They are essentially revealing that there is something else going on in your body. A good thing to know is that chiropractors can help locate the issue and help treat the root of your headaches.
Common Causes of Headache
- Stress: common trigger for headaches and migraines. When you’re stressed, your body tenses up and causes increased tension in muscles which can lead to spasm. With chronic stress, these muscles oftentimes never get a chance to relax.
- Chemical: Caffeine, sugar, alcohol or drug withdrawal; Certain foods (i.e. processed meats)
- Medication: Common remedies for headaches are often prescriptions or over the counter meds. While they can provide relief, they can also lead to rebound headaches or enhance the headaches and cause more problems in the long-run.
- Lack of sleep
- Poor Posture
- Spinal Issue: Headaches can also be caused by an issue in your neck or spine. This is called “cervicogenic headaches”. These are result of the nerves in your neck being pinched and the muscles around the base of the head tighten up from the lack of motion in the spinal vertebrae.
Chiropractic Treatment for Headache
A chiropractor is a spine, muscle, and nervous system expert. They are specifically trained to diagnose the underlying cause of your frequent headaches. A combination of chiropractic manipulation and Active Release Technique is a great way to address both the structural component as well as the muscular stress component. Chiropractic manipulations restore motion to the immobile joint, and Active Release Technique frees up adhesions and restrictions in muscles, tendons and nerves. Both can help relieve tension and remove the aggravating cause.
There are many tips and lifestyle changes out there to help avoid headaches, but your chiropractic appointment will focus on correcting the issue. They will help you determine whether the symptoms are coming from joint dysfunction of the spine or other surrounding structures like muscles, tendons or nerves. They will also help to rule-out other possible causes and refer to appropriate orthopedic medical professionals when needed for additional testing or care.
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