Headaches afflict one in five individuals every day. They can be caused by many factors such as stress, physical conditions, dehydration, and misalignments (subluxation) of the neck and mid-back. As chiropractors we cannot find you another job that doesn’t stress you out. We cannot force you to drink more water or stop ingesting toxins into your body. But what we can do is remove the subluxations and help your body improve certain conditions. Before a chiropractor knows if an adjustment will help your headaches, we must do a comprehensive history and exam in which certain tests are conducted to rule in or out other conditions. Once we learn the origin of the headache we can then recommend the best treatment plan for that individual.
Here is how it works:
When a vertebra (bone in your spine) is misaligned it can cause pain that can travel toward the head and or down toward the shoulders. When it travels to your head it can cause headaches. For some individuals tingling and numbness may occur when the nerves are irritated. The subluxation can also cause muscle tightness around the joint as well as decrease range of motion of the joint. This is due to the muscles attachments to bone. Once the subluxation is removed; the tightness around the joint releases, range of motion goes back to normal , and there is a decrease in pain causing the patient’s headache to go away.
Some headaches are due to the bone on your skull called your occiput being misaligned. Once this misalignment is corrected your body then has the ability to relieve your headache symptoms. Chiropractors can help reduce your headaches. Take charge of your health today.