There are many types and causes of headaches. Regardless of the cause, if you have a headache, you want it to end. Fast!
This has produced a huge market for medications that cover up the symptoms of headaches. Powerful drugs can numb your nervous system so the pain doesn’t register. While these approaches may be convenient, they can cause adverse effects and kidney or liver damage. Worse, they don’t correct the underlying cause of the headache.
Statistics on Headaches
Headaches maybe common, but they aren’t normal. Headaches occur across populations—according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 47 percent of the worldwide adult population has experienced a headache at least one time in the past year. Research shows that women experience headaches more frequently than men, although scientists and researchers aren't exactly sure why.
While there are more than 200 kinds of headaches, the "Tension Type Headache" is the most frequently seen. Episodic tension headaches reportedly affect 70 percent of some populations and 1 to 3 percent of adults suffer from chronic tension headaches. A tension headache causes pressure and dull pain around the forehead, sides or back of the head.
Migraines are the most severe type of headache and can completely debilitate the sufferer. Other symptoms of migraine headaches:
Causes of Headaches
The most common causes of headaches are physical trauma, emotional stress,nutritional deficiencies or chemical toxins. A cause of headaches can be from spinal bones in the neck that aren’t supporting your head properly. They’re not moving right. This can affect nerves,muscles and even the blood supply to your head. Sometimes there maybe a combination of these and other factors. My Chiropractic Health and Wellness in ((city)), ((state)) has an examination process to help identify the most likely cause.
Treating Headaches with Chiropractic
Chiropractic doctors locate areas of the spine that aren’t moving properly. They notice spinal curves. They look at your posture and your ability to turn and bend. Chiropractors also look for and treat subluxations, which prevent proper communication from the brain to the body. When a subluxation occurs, one or more spinal vertebrae move out of position, and stress or irritation is placed on nearby nerves and or joints, preventing the body from healing properly.
Multiple studies have found a correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the reduction of migraine and headache symptoms. A case study, published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, details the experience of a 52-year-old woman who had suffered chronic migraines for many years, typically experiencing an episode once a month, lasting around 15 hours. The patient received chiropractic spinal manipulative treatment (CMST; a.k.a., chiropractic adjustments), and at a six-month follow-up, the patient reported zero migraines since the CMST.
Dr. Greg Muchnij finds this a common story amongst many of his clients. They have been to many doctors, have had a plethora of tests and brain scans performed and have tried multiple medical prescriptions. With little to no benefit and out of desperation, they try chiropractic care as a last resort. Amazing things happen when nerve interference is found and corrected in the neck (called the cervical spine). Often pain is lessened or gone completely, this even after a child or a person has suffered for years.
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