Did you know that data shows that 9 out of 10 Americans suffer with headaches? So it is no wonder why headaches are one of the most common complaints people have. There are many types, some are occasional, some sharp and piercing, some are dull and throbbing, some wrap around the head in different ways and some cause debilitating pain and even nausea.
The most commonly reported headaches are due to a mechanical issues that cause muscle tension and decreased function in the joints of the neck. When the joints of the neck are not functioning or moving properly, they can cause irritation on the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for every process within the body and the nerves that exit the spine in the neck supply and relay information from the neck and head. Pressure on the nerves of the neck can cause symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. The primary way that stress is placed on the nervous system is through a mechanical dysfunction in the spine known as a vertebral subluxation. This is when a vertebrae shifts out of place, putting irritation on the nearby nerve, and ultimately altering the signals that are being relayed between the brain and the body. So if a bone is out of place and not moving properly, which puts irritation on the nerve, there is no drug or pill that will fix the underlying cause of a poorly functioning joint.
But what do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you take a pill to numb and cover the pain? The only way to ever fix the problem is to remove the underlying source, and this is where the care at Edina Family Chiropractic can help you.
Chiropractic has been known to be one of the safest and most effective treatments for dealing with headaches. A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University found that…
“spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than commonly prescribed medications.”
A similar study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy to be very effective for treating tension headaches and those who stopped chiropractic treatment after four weeks continued to experience a continued benefit in contrast to those patients who received pain medication.
In most cases of headaches, significant improvement is accomplished through specific chiropractic adjustments of the upper cervical vertebrae, coupled with adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine. Massage therapy, rehabilitative exercises, neuromuscular re-education, and spinal curve restoration are other tools to compliment the chiropractic adjustments for best results. This protocol is helpful in most cases of migraine headaches, as long as food and lifestyle triggers are avoided as well.
Each person’s case is different and requires a full evaluation before appropriate chiropractic care can be determined. What we will do at Edina Family Chiropractic is perform a detailed health history, a full exam, and motion study x-rays of the spine in order to identify why you are having the symptoms of your headache. After evaluating your individual case, we then create an ideal care plan for you to achieve optimal results.
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