If you suffer from headaches, a chiropractic spinal checkup is one of the best things you can do. Chiropractic care is safe, gentle, and drugless, and has helped millions of headache sufferers over the years. Yet chiropractic does not claim to be a headache treatment and cure — because it is a different approach to health care.
Doctors of Chiropractic free your body from the vertebral subluxation complex, or VSC, that has the power to destroy your health. It affects millions of us — it is a hidden epidemic. When freed of subluxations, your body works more efficiently to use its natural energies to heal itself. How is this accomplished? Read on.
Types of Headaches
- Cervical Origin Headaches
Pain originates from the neck due to such things as subluxations, muscle spasm and nerve irritation.
- Tension Headaches
Pain comes from irritated or inflamed soft tissues of the neck and head, primarily muscles, nerve endings and their connective tissues that can develop into trigger points (“knots”).
- Vascular Headaches
Produced by irritation and inflammation of the blood vessels of the brain caused by a variety of diseases (fevers, drugs, poisons, toxins, altered pH, nerve irritation, hormone imbalance).
- Migraine Headaches
A neural-hormonal- vascular phenomenon of disabling proportions caused by a complex interaction between the nervous system, the hormonal system, and the affected vascular segment. Many times preceded by a prodrome or “warning signal” such as nausea, visual or speech disturbance, numbness, or dizziness.
- Cluster Headaches
Called cluster headaches because the headaches come in groups. Pain generally lasts from 30-45 minutes, but can persist for several hours. Most sufferers experience one to four headaches a day during a cluster period.
- Organic Headaches
Include, sinus headache, hangover headache, allergy headache, caffeine withdrawal headache, pregnancy headaches, hypertension (high blood pressure) headaches, TMJ (jaw) dysfunction, reading headaches, hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) headaches. May also be due to tumors, brain aneurysm, hematoma, meningitis, brain abscess, etc.
- Rebound Headaches
Due to the overuse of medications (exceeding label instructions or doctor’s advice). Precipitates a “rebound” into another headache. This is particularly true if your medication contains caffeine.
What Puts the Ache In Headache?
The ache in headache does not come from the brain. It’s true! Your brain can feel no sensation. Even during brain surgery the patient is often wide awake feeling no pain, even talking to the doctors while his/her brain is being tampered with (a local anesthetic numbs the scalp).
What puts the “ache” in your headache? Veins and arteries inside the brain and skull, membranes that wrap around the brain, and certain nerves in the head called cranial nerves. When these are pulled, stretched, compressed, irritated, inflamed or infected, headaches often result.
Headache treatment depends on what caused it. A headache arising from visual problems can often be cured by eyeglasses. An infection headache of the sinuses or ears is relieved when the infection subsides. But the most common headaches are usually treated with painkillers. The hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year on everything from aspirin to Tylenol to prescription drugs may provide blessed relief, but please remember — the pain may be gone but the cause of the headache is not corrected! That’s why we may see millions of people swallowing pills for years, possibly suffering from the side effects of long-term medication use — and not getting any better, only temporarily feeling better. Surely, that’s not a healthy way to live.
The Chiropractic Approach
Millions of headache sufferers are turning to the natural, drugless, chiropractic approach to health. Chiropractors are the only healing professionals who are trained to analyze and correct the vertebral subluxation complex — a spinal distortion that can damage your nerves, inflame your tissues, cause muscles to tighten and knot, weaken your body, cause fatigue, and set the stage for sickness and disease. It is truly a hidden epidemic.
A Doctor of Chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:
- Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
- Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
- Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
If your headache is symptomatic of a health problem that needs the care of another discipline, will refer you to an appropriate specialist.