If you’re a sufferer of headaches or migraines, you don’t need convincing that they’re one of the most painful, debilitating conditions you could possibly suffer. There are many different names for headaches, such as cephalgia, migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches.
A frequent and overlooked cause of headaches is the of irritation to the nerves that affect the head, neck and face, this nerve irritation can come from spinal and cranial misalignments (subluxations). When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated, they can produce throbbing headaches. Medications may cover up these warning signs, but do not correct the underlying structural cause.
Stressors that can course headaches:
Physical stress eg. Not enough exercise and movement in our daily lives, computer and ipad/tablet work, holding the head in one position for sustained periods, incorrect pillow height, falls and knocks and bumps on the head and tailbone, incorrect lifting at work or at the gym.
In childhood physical stress can be a result of intra uterine constraint, birth trauma, forceps, vacuum extraction, falls, bumps, and nowadays, computers iPads and tablets are a notable source of physical stress.
Mental stress e.g. Not enough sleep, home, family and work stress, unreasonable expectations of what is possible in a day, exams, over commitment to others, not enough personal time especially for parents, poor mental attitude.
Chemical stress e.g. Daily consumption of processed and fast foods, not to mention the numerous chemicals man made and natural that we are exposed to on a daily basis.
It is common knowledge within the Chiropractic profession that care aimed at correcting spinal and cranial and dental misalignments (subluxations) will result in the elimination or if not, alleviation, of many types of headaches. When you combine this with minimising the stressors that may contribute to the headaches positive results are maximised.
It’s a common misconception that chiropractic care is a reactive treatment meant to address existing back pain and discomfort. For this reason, some people simply don’t consider this avenue before an actual problem arises. In reality, a routine chiropractic adjustment can be part of a proactive approach to overall health and well-being, freeing your body to manage pain and strain more effectively. These benefits can be enjoyed at any age, even during childhood.