Headaches: Not All In Your Head
About 20% of the population suffers from the pain of chronic headaches. These same people spend over 5 billion dollars on “over the counter” medications a year. And, while these drugs may cover up the symptoms, they do not treat the cause of the headaches.
Pain experienced during a headache is natures warning signal that something is wrong, like a fire alarm signalling trouble. Pulling the batteries from the alarm does not address the cause. The same holds true for headaches. A thorough chiropractic evaluation can determine whether a subluxation, or misalignment of spinal bones, is causing pressure to the nervous system in the cervical spine (neck), producing the headache. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals trained to analyze and correct spinal nerve interference. Today in our society, spinal nerve stress caused by subluxation has literally reached epidemic proportions. Particularly with the rapid increase in the use of hand held devices chiropractors have coined the term ‘tech neck’. This describes the posture of the head jutting forward of the shoulders from hours spent everyday looking down at mobile phones and tablets. This is turn stretches the spinal cord, nerves, important ligaments and muscles that can refer pain to the head.
Can Chiropractic Relieve Migraines?
A recently published Australian study adds to the growing body of research indicating that chiropractic care is effective for migraine headaches. The analysis followed 123 individuals, aged 10 to 70 years, with clinically diagnosed migraine. Eighty three subjects completed headache diaries over two months of chiropractic care and two months of posttreatment data collection. A control group of 40 subjects was also established. On average, experimental participants enjoyed significant declines in migraine frequency, duration, disability and medication use, compared with controls. According to the article, around a third of the group reported “more than 90% reduction of migraines as a consequence of the two months of chiropractic care. About 50% more participants reported significant improvement in the severity of each episode.”
By way of commentary, Doctors of Chiropractic believe the body has an inherent ability to heal itself and the structure of the spine relates to the function of the human body. Rather than simply relieving symptoms, chiropractors help patients prevent illness by achieving optimal health. That’s why regular chiropractic checkups are important, even if you’re not in pain. And since chiropractors don’t use drugs or surgery, there’s no need to worry about harmful drug interactions of side effects of medication.