Headaches are not normal. Recurring headaches are a sign that something is wrong and should not be ignored. Over the counter medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve and Tylenol are commonly taken but typically just temporarily mask the symptoms but they do nothing to correct the source of the problem. As long as the problem remains the headaches will continue to come back.
Sub Occipital Headaches or Tension Headaches can be caused by problems with the vertebrae in the cervical spine. These headaches are typically felt in the back of the head and up into the sides of the head. Irritation of the nerves between the vertebrae can be caused by changes to the normal curvature of the neck caused by trauma, arthritis and even poor posture. The onset of pain can occur suddenly, or slowly over time, with worsening symptoms. Altered spinal motion may also cause muscle spasms in the neck that can trigger tension headaches as well. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Chiropractic treatment has been proven very successful in treating tension headaches.
Migraine Headaches are not as common and not as well understood but still effect millions of people. Migraine headaches can present in a number of ways including: intense pain in the entire head, one sided head pain, nausea, visual disturbances (aura) and pain into the face. Most patients that utilize chiropractic care for Migraine Headaches report improved symptoms and lasting improvement.
A Doctor of Chiropractic is highly experienced in finding and locating the causes of headaches as well as relieving the immediate pain. They can determine whether the pain is due to a physical or structural problem and correct it. In most cases a series of spinal adjustments to return misaligned vertebrae to their normal position which relieves pressure on the irritated nerve roots, improves spinal function and decreases muscular spasm. Spinal stretches and exercises, postural changes, diet changes and lifestyle changes may be suggested to avoid future headaches.