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.
Stresses That Can Cause 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, or 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.
When you combine a treatment program that focuses on re- addressing the physical stressors (Chiropractic is an option) and also looking into minimising the other mental/chemical influences on a headache cycle, positive results are potentially 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.