If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Actually, 90 percent of Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.
What do you do when you suffer from a headache? Do you grit your teeth and bare it? Lie down and take a nap? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away?
There is a better alternative. It’s called chiropractic.
Research shows that spinal manipulation – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck (according to the American Chiropractic Association).
A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, N.C., 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 a commonly prescribed medication.
Headaches have many causes, or “triggers.” These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.).
Ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease. The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck.
Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture, along with doing one-sided activities for extended period of time. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.
What Can the Chiropractor Do to Help?
What Can You Do?
I suggest the following:
Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways – not just back pain. We know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and we can take steps to relieve those problems.