Caffeine, low blood sugar, muscle spasm, stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, nerve irritation and noises -- what do they all have in common? They're all triggers or causes of headaches and migraines.
Each week, throughout March, we will be talking about and discussing headaches. We will talk about the different types and triggers, of each, as well as what chiropractic can do to help. The types of headaches we will cover include:
- tension headaches
- cluster headaches
- migraine headaches
- sinus headaches
- organic headaches.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, nine out of ten people have suffered from a headache at some point in time. Headaches can be categorized into several different groups such as tension, cluster, or migraine. These three types constitute ninety-five percent of all headaches. However, it isn't the group that is important, but rather, the cause. A majority of these headaches are caused by tension in the neck. When people spend a large quantity of time in fixed positions or postures, such as sitting at a computer desk, joint irritation and muscle tension are common. Other triggers of headaches include nerve irritation and improper nutrition.
Ten percent of all patients, seeing a chiropractor, suffer from headaches. Fortunately, ninety-five percent of the time, headaches will respond favorably to chiropractic adjustments. A report released by the Duke University Evidence-based Practice Center, in Durham, NC, found that chiropractic adjustments resulted in immediate improvement of headaches that originated from the neck; and had significantly fewer side effects, with longer-lasting relief than when using prescription medications. The American Chiropractic Association recommends taking a break and stretching, every thirty minutes, if you spend a lot of time in one position. Also recommended, is drinking eight glasses of water each day, low impact exercise and avoiding teeth clenching, to reduce the incidence of headaches.
What can chiropractic do for someone who is suffering from headaches and migraines? First and foremost, a chiropractor can relieve and reduce nerve irritation and allow proper spinal function, reducing the amount of stress on the body. They achieve this by performing a specific adjustment to areas of the spine that show evidence of inflammation and/or subluxation.
Chiropractors can also advise you about proper ergonomics and posture, stretching techniques and nutritional information. With extensive training, specializing in the human anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, chiropractors have all the tools needed to help. Don't be in the ten percent of Americans who needlessly suffers from headaches and migraines. Call our office, today, for a consultation appointment with one of our doctors.