Apr 2012

Headaches? Time to get to the cause...

Every month I have new patients who come in seeking relief from chronic headaches.  These are some of my favorite patients to work with because we have such great results!

 Why you ask?

As a Chiropractic Orthopedist, I look at headaches for what they are A SYMPTOM of something else going on in your body.  This means that when you suffer from headaches, there is often a reason why the headaches are occurring.  One of the most overlooked reasons for headaches is the cervical spine or the neck.  When our neck becomes stressed from our work environment, studying for classes or everyday activities, it may manifest as headaches.  The intensity of these headaches can be rather severe, in fact, many are migraine like.  Often patients with these headaches have temporary relief with medications, but it is only temporary at best and the truth is sometimes it just masks the true symptoms that can keep you from curing your headaches.  By addressing what is truly the source of the headache, ie, muscle tension, poor posture, decreased range of motion in the neck, and diet we can often provide lasting relief from headaches with a better quality of life.

Of course the neck is not the only source for headaches.  It could be related to food, psycho-social (depression), or hormonal. Rarely headaches are life threatening, however if you are experiencing double vision or loss of sight, vomiting, nausea, difficulty speaking, muscle weakness or “the worst headache I have ever had” type of symptoms, seek emergent care as soon as possible.

So the next time you have a headache, think about WHY you have the headache.  Have you been sitting with poor posture?  Do these headaches come on after you typically eat a certain food?  Are you having them more than a couple of times a week?  When you address the cause of your headache, which is often the neck - you will finally have relief! And remember....what starts from years or even weeks of dysfunction-can rarely be fully corrected in one day.