Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Can Chiropractic Help Headaches?

There are few things that can be more debilitating than a severe headache. Researchers estimate that nine out of ten people have headaches at some point, and many of them are chronic. Headaches sufferers often present to their medical doctor, chiropractor or other provider describing their pain as anything from dull and throbbing to stabbing and shooting.

The various classifications of headaches generally include migraines, tension, sinus and cluster headaches.

The question then becomes for headache sufferers... 'Is chiropractic a good option for relieving my headache pain?' The answer is it depends on what is causing your headache in the first place.

Some headaches may be caused by an underlying medical condition, but researchers have found that most headaches can be traced to other causes. A significant number have been found to be related to irritation or inflammation of the nerves in the upper part of the spine. If this nerve inflammation is coming from an underlying condition such as misalignment of spinal bones in the neck or overly tight muscles then chiropractic may be just the answer you are searching for.

The most common question I get is 'what caused the tight muscles or spinal bones to get out of proper alignment in the first place?' Often time these issues can be linked to sports or automobile injuries, falls, poor posture, or from something as simple as sleeping in an awkward position or staying in a fixed position (such as using a computer or driving) for a long period of time.

Over time, if left untreated, even a slight injury or impairment in the neck area can actually become worse just through the process of normal daily activities and result in inflammation of the nerves in the upper neck which may lead to not only neck pain but also chronic headaches.

Since headaches affect hundreds of millions of people, a great number of medications have been developed over the years to try to alleviate the pain and suffering they cause, but medications only offer a limited and temporary relief since they most often do not address the root cause of the problem. It's for this reason that a number of people are turning to chiropractors as a possible solution for headache pain relief.

A chiropractor has extensive knowledge of the spinal column, including the cervical (neck) vertebrae, and has a very specific skill that includes detecting spinal bones that are out of alignment. If a problem exists the chiropractor can perform adjustments to the area to restore proper alignment, mobility and functionality. By restoring proper alignment it relieves pressure on the nerves and reduces muscle tension which can be a contributing factor.

Chiropractic care may not be the solution for all headaches, but in many cases, depending on the cause of the headaches, it may be the best headache remedy.

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