Many people have experienced a headache and/or migraine. Because the head controls the rest of the body, it is hard to ignore. There are several types of headaches and migraines and the exact cause can be complex.
Headaches are not normal and when they reoccur over and over, are a sign that something is wrong and should not be ignored. Aspirin, ibuprofen and other medications will mask the symptoms but they do nothing to correct the source of the problem. As long as the underlying cause remains, the headaches will continue to come back.
Tension headaches and certain types of migraines can be caused by problems with the vertebrae in the cervical spine. These headaches may be felt in the back, sides and front of the head or in the front of the face or neck. Irritation of nerve roots exiting the spine can also be triggered by changes to the normal curvature of the cervical spine caused by trauma, degenerative arthritis or poor posture. The onset of pain is often acute and may also cause muscle contractions in the neck that can often trigger tension headaches as well. Pain is the body’s way of forewarning us that something is wrong.
Chiropractors are highly educated in finding the causes of the headache or migraine and chiropractic care may help to relieve the pain. Chiropractors can determine whether the pain is due to a physical or structural problem and correct the problem at its source. Relaxation exercises and lifestyle changes may be recommended to avoid future headaches. Medical managing of headaches usually involves medication that can result in unwanted side effects or dependencies. Chiropractic offers natural and safe methods to relieving and preventing future headaches and migraines.
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