Are you getting frequent headaches? Are your headaches pounding and throbbing in the back of your head? Or do they feel like an ice-pick is being driven into your eye? You’re nauseous, moody, tired and you’re going crazy. You’re missing work and missing out on enjoying your family. You want your life back. Chiropractic care could be the answer you’re looking for.
Headaches are one of the most common reasons why patients visits their medical doctors. About 66 percent of the world population get headaches. One of the most common types of headaches is tension-type headaches (46 to 78 percent). (1)
Other than tension-type headaches other common types of headaches include migraines, cervicogenic, and cluster. The good news is most headaches are not due to serious illnesses.
Masking you headaches with Tylenol
Although there is a place for medications, long-term use of medications can have dangerous side effects. In fact, Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the leading case of acute liver failure in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK (2, 3). When you take drugs like Tylenol, they simply mask your symptoms and don’t treat the underlying cause of your headaches. Your body doesn’t even make Tylenol naturally. So how are your headaches due to a lack of Tylenol in your body?
Your body doesn’t even make Tylenol naturally. So how are your headaches due to a lack of Tylenol in your body?
Taking drugs like Tylenol to treat your headaches is like sticking a piece of masking tape over top of your engine light in your car dashboard. You’re “masking” the real underlying cause of the engine light coming on which is in the engine. Wouldn’t it make more sense to look under the hood and fix the engine?
Find the underlying cause of your headaches
Finding the underlying cause(s) of your headache is the key to giving you long-term relief so you don’t have to rely on dangerous drugs to mask the pain.
The most common causes of headaches come from the pain-sensitive nerve structures in the skull and neck area. (4) The pain-sensitive nerve structures most commonly involved are the muscles, nerves, and joints. Often the nerves in this area can become so active and sensitive that you can get referred pain (pain that travels) into the head giving you a headache.
Chiropractors are specialists in detecting the underlying causes of headaches related to the muscles, nerves, and joints in the neck and skull area. Spinal misalignments and stress and tension in the muscles in the neck and skull area are often found in patients who have headaches. (5) Spinal misalignments cause poor nerve input into the brain and poor nerve output to your body parts. As a result, muscle weakness can also be found in headache patients. This is like having a blown circuit or breaker switch. By realigning the spine (adjustments), chiropractors help restore proper brain and nerve function and turn your power back on. Muscle strength increases and headaches will often go away.
By realigning the spine (adjustments), chiropractors help restore proper brain and nerve function and turn your power back on. Muscle strength increases and headaches will often go away.
Chiropractors can even help with migraine headaches. In fact, 72 percent of migraine suffered in a clinical trial noticed a ‘substantial’ or ‘noticeable’ improvement after a period of chiropractic care. (6)
Because of the complexity of headaches, there could be multiple causes to your headaches. In such a case, further investigation into other underlying causes would be necessary. For example, common lifestyle factors that may be playing a role in your headaches are the following (4):
- Stress and hormones
- Food intolerances
- Skipped meals (low blood sugar)
By doing a thorough history and examination chiropractors can also determine if there might be other causes where you should be referred out for further testing by a medical specialist.
You don’t have to suffer from headaches and let them rule your life. Most headaches are related to nerve, muscle tension and spinal misalignments the neck and skull. Chiropractors are experts at fixing these problems which often results in long lasting headache relief.
Even if your headaches aren’t completely related to the neck and skull, most headaches can be treated successfully without the use of dangerous drugs. There’s always an answer. Seek out a heath practitioner who is thorough and willing to dig deep for you to solve and treat your headaches naturally. One day you could live a life pain free…full of happiness, strength, energy, and laser-like focus.