Do you, a loved one or someone you know suffer from headaches? Have these headaches kept you from work, playing with your kids or enjoying your personal life? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. It is estimated that 9 out of 10 Americans experience headaches from one time or another, so chances are you may be one of them. The frequency and severity may vary, but the source of these headaches could be directly related to your spine and the surrounding soft tissue.
Today more Americans spend their time glued to their phones, playing Pokemon go, or stuck at a desk job in the same sedentary positions for hours on end. Over time this causes increasing joint irritation and muscle tension in your neck, upper back and head. When your spinal vertebra are out of place there is muscle tension, likewise if your muscles are in consent tension they can directly effect you spinal alignment. This unnecessary pressure can then impact your nerves that travel out of your spinal column and innervate ever cell, tissue and organ in your entire body. This negative consequence then sends pain signals from your muscles in your neck and back to your brain, leading to potential headaches.
There has been numerous research in the last twenty years that has shown chiropractic care to be an effective alternative to relieve headaches, rather then resorting to invasive approaches such as drugs and even surgery. Looking at the research there has been a number of studies done that show chiropractic care as well as other soft tissue treatments, such as Active Release Technique (ART) to be a viable solutions to this issue. When treating someone suffering from headaches special attention should be placed on the upper cervical muscles. This area in particular has a vast array of neurological implications on whether or not a headache can manifest and to what degree. Utilizing specific chiropractic adjustments and myofascial release techniques to this area of the spine can have dramatic benefits.
Some tips to potentially reduce the occurrence of headaches include:
- Stretching at least thirty minutes a day, especially if you spend a lot of time in a sedentary position
- Drinking water throughout the day to avoid dehydration
- Perform low impact exercise daily
- Get plenty of sleep and follow a regular sleep schedule
- Minimize chemical exposure in your food by eating whole, organic plant foods and avoiding processed foods
Thanks for reading, your Denver Chiropractor Dr. Joseph Vear.