Suffering From Headaches?
It’s said that 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from them also. What do you find yourself doing when you’re suffering from a pounding headache? Bite down and carry on? Find the nearest bottle of Tylenol and wait for the pain to stop? Take a nap? There are better, more effective alternatives!
Finding The Cause
Headaches are one of the most common complaints we see at our offices, they normally follow neck and back pain. There are many causes of headaches; the majority that we come across originate from mechanical problems in the neck region. These types of headaches are not to be confused with migraines and cluster headaches, which are related to vascular problems. Migraines often bring on vomiting and nausea and can be really disabling. Other headaches can be classified as tension headaches, which usually result from tight muscles in the neck and upper back. These muscles can be tight for any number of reasons, including: lack of sleep, whiplash and sinusitis. The pain from tension headaches can range from a throbbing pain that comes and goes, to a sharp constant pain.
Types of Headaches
- Cervical Origin Headaches
Pain originates from the neck due to such things as subluxations, muscle spasm and nerve irritation.
- Tension Headaches
Pain comes from irritated or inflamed soft tissues of the neck and head, primarily muscles, nerve endings and their connective tissues that can develop into trigger points (“knots”).
- Vascular Headaches
Produced by irritation and inflammation of the blood vessels of the brain caused by a variety of diseases (fevers, drugs, poisons, toxins, altered pH, nerve irritation, hormone imbalance).
- Migraine Headaches
A neural-hormonal- vascular phenomenon of disabling proportions caused by a complex interaction between the nervous system, the hormonal system, and the affected vascular segment. Many times preceded by a prodrome or “warning signal” such as nausea, visual or speech disturbance, numbness, or dizziness.
- Cluster Headaches
Called cluster headaches because the headaches come in groups. Pain generally lasts from 30-45 minutes, but can persist for several hours. Most sufferers experience one to four headaches a day during a cluster period.
- Organic Headaches
Include, sinus headache, hangover headache, allergy headache, caffeine withdrawal headache, pregnancy headaches, hypertension (high blood pressure) headaches, TMJ (jaw) dysfunction, reading headaches, hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) headaches. May also be due to tumors, brain aneurysm, hematoma, meningitis, brain abscess, etc.
- Rebound Headaches
Due to the overuse of medications (exceeding label instructions or doctor’s advice). Precipitates a “rebound” into another headache. This is particularly true if your medication contains caffeine.
What Can You Do About It?
Get a spinal checkup! Spinal manipulation and massage are two of the best things you could do to treat your headaches. Being safe, gentle and drugless, chiropractic care has helped millions of headache sufferers over the years. Our objective is to free your body of subluxations, leading your body to a more effective way of healing itself. Chiropractors are the only healing professionals who are trained to analyze and correct subluxations — a spinal distortion that can damage your nerves, inflame your tissues, cause muscles to tighten and knot, weaken your body, cause fatigue, and set the stage for sickness and disease. It is truly a hidden epidemic.