Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Often times popping a simple, over-the-counter pain reliever is the path that most take. And why not? It usually helps to alleviate the short term pain. Plus, we’re bombarded with advertisements and information telling us to alleviate the short-term symptoms.
However, many headaches originate in the neck area and ordinary pain relievers just mask the pain until it’s gone, oftentimes not addressing the root cause. This means the pain has the potential to appear over and over again, meaning the person pops another pain pill and the cycle continues. But what if you could get to the source of the pain and stop it there? Would you think that is the best option?
Research shows that spinal manipulation may be an effective treatment for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. This happens to be one of the primary treatments provided by chiropractors. And, in our own practice we’ve seen very positive results from our patients whom we’ve treated for headache pain, particularly relating to auto accident injuries.
We’ve also treated headaches created from muscle tension in the neck due to sedentary activities such as being on mobile devices or spending long hours at a desk in a fixed position. These sedentary activities increases the muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp contributing to headache pain.
How you can prevent headaches –
Obviously, we cannot determine the cause of every headache out there in a single article, but if you are one of the many Americans that fall victim to recurring tension headaches, there are some common solutions to help prevent them. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends the following techniques to help cut down on chronic headaches:
- Stretch every 30 minutes to an hour
- Low-impact exercise, like walking or low-impact aerobics
- Avoid teeth clenching. It may help to get a mouth guard and wear it during work or times of high stress when you sleep
- Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated helps to ward off headaches.
In addition to the preventative measures outlined by the ACA, you can also get help from your chiropractor. Many techniques have been proven effective in treating chronic headache pain such as:
- Chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation which improves spinal function and alleviates stress on your entire body
- Stretching advice, how to perform stretches correctly, and when.
- Provide ergonomic advice and relaxation techniques
Chiropractic physicians have extensive training to help you beyond just back pain. They have expertise in tension relating to the spine and can take steps to relieve trouble areas and help cut down on pain. If you’re suffering from recurring headache pain, it may be time to contact a chiropractor and let them help assess the root cause.