When your head hurts, the first thing you probably do is reach for the over-the-counter medication and hope for the best.

Headaches plague millions of people every day. What many people do not realize is that there are different kinds of headaches. The type of headache you have at a particular moment can dictate the best method of treatment.

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However, what most people don’t realize is that a headache is often a symptom of another issue. Understanding the different areas of muscles that, when injured, can lead to headaches will help you determine the best method of treatment.

  • The posterior cervical muscles are responsible for extending and rotating the head and neck. When these muscles are affected, it can lead to a feeling like a headband of pain around your head.
  • The splenius muscles are often injured by trauma, such as whiplash. When these muscles are affected, the result can be pain combined with blurred vision.
  • The levator scapulae muscles are part of the shoulder girdle muscles. When these muscles are affected, it can lead to the feeling of a stiff neck and pain in the upper neck, as well as at the base of the skull.
  • The sub-occipital muscles are used to rotate, tilt and extend your head. When these muscles are affected, you may feel pain on the side of your head, over your ear, and behind your eye.

Understanding that the various muscles in the neck and shoulder area can lead to headaches is your first line of defense against these bothersome pains. For instance, if you suffered an injury and have lasting headaches after the injury has healed, it may be a sign that something is not quite right.

Your chiropractor can then do the necessary tests to find out if there is an underlying injury causing the headaches. Sure, sometimes a headache is just a headache, caused by stress or tension. However, there is always a chance that it is caused by a muscle injury that needs treatment.

Headaches What Your Chiropractor Can Do Headaches … What Your Chiropractor Can Do

If you suffer from chronic headaches, you may be struggling to find relief.

Sure, over-the-counter medications and even prescription medications can help relieve the pain. However, these medications are only providing temporary relief. You may not want to be on pain pills for the rest of your life. You need to find the source of the headaches and eliminate it.

Chiropractic treatments may be the answer you need.

Spinal treatments from a chiropractor has proven to be helpful in not only relieving the pain caused by many headaches, but also in eliminating the headaches altogether. Misalignments in your spine, especially in your neck, can be a leading cause of headaches. With chiropractic treatment, you can get your neck and spine back in alignment – and reduce or eliminate your headaches for good. Read more

Have A Headache See A Chiropractor Have A Headache? See A Chiropractor

The stress builds. The headache begins. And depending on the severity of it, you may experience anywhere from a dull, throbbing sensation all the way up to debilitating pain and nausea.

Over 90 percent of all Americans experience headaches. Some are occasional. Some frequent. And if you’ve ever had one, you know how they can make your day that much worse.

Yet for most, its simply a matter of popping a couple of pills and going on your way. Who can let a headache hold you back from you busy life? Read more

What Is Really Causing Your Headaches and Migraines What Is Really Causing Your Headaches and Migraines?

Having a headache can be very uncomfortable and disruptive to your day.

Having a migraine can be a traumatic experience, causing pain so severe that you are literally unable to function.

There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications for headaches and migraines. However, one of the keys to solving your painful predicaments is knowing what is causing the pain. Narrowing down the culprit can help you prevent headache and migraine “triggers” and stop the pain before it ever starts. Read more

What Causes Migraine Headaches What Causes Migraine Headaches?

Millions of people suffer every day from migraine headaches. These painful headaches are much more intense than normal headaches. Migraines can last a few hours or, in extreme cases, a few days. Most people that suffer from migraines need darkness, quiet and medication just to deal with the pain. Most people cannot afford to take time away from their jobs and families to treat a migraine, so they are forced to suffer. Some people are genetically inclined to developing migraines while others suffer migraines due to various triggers.

Some of the causes of migraine headaches include, but are not limited to, the following: Read more

migraines and falls Chiropractic Care for a Patient with Chronic Migraine Headaches   A Case StudyFrom the August 3, 2003 issue of the Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journal, Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, comes a documented case study of a professional ice skater who had suffered from chronic migraine headaches. The study reports that when she was 23 years old and a professional skater she had sustained a concussion by hitting her head against the ice in a fall.  Prior to her fall and concussion, she exhibited no health problems. Following the concussion, she suffered with tension and migraine headaches. These symptoms persisted over the next twelve years, during which time she utilized daily pain medications.

At age 35 she decided to initiate chiropractic care.  The study notes that the initial examination showed evidence of subluxation in the upper neck (cervical spine) . The results were monitored by the doctor’s observation, patient’s subjective description of symptoms, and thermographic scans.  Following three months of care all headaches were gone. After a one year follow up the patient still remained headache free. 

The study’s conclusion noted, “The onset of the symptoms following the patient’s fall on her head; the immediate reduction in symptoms correlating with the initiation of care; and the complete absence of all symptoms within three months of care; suggest a link between the patient’s concussion, the upper cervical subluxation, and her headaches.”

Don’t you owe it to yourself to try a new approach to solving your migraines? If traditional western medicine isn’t helping, give chiropractic care a try. What do you have to lose?

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From the February 2004 issue of the Journal of Chiropractic Pediatrics, comes a documented case study of a 28 year old women who suffered with migraine headaches for over a decade migraine headaches Chiropractic and Migraines, A Case Study before being helped with chiropractic care.  In her case there was no history of previous trauma.  Her migraines would last for several days and would cause nausea and dizziness.

In addition to her headaches, she also revealed a history of an irregular menstrual cycle, she would normally menstruate no more than twice per year.  This problem resulted in infertility.  After years of not becoming pregnant, she sought help from a reproductive endocrinologist. She was placed on medication which created additional side effects but did allow her to become pregnant.  Unfortunately, after 9 weeks she suffered a miscarriage.

After years of these problems the woman started chiropractic care.  She was initially given an examination and it was determined that she did have spinal problems.  A series of specific chiropractic adjustments were then initiated.  A re-examination was performed one month after care began. The patient reported a reduction in her headaches.  After the second month of care another examination was performed and the patient reported that she had no incidence of migraine headache for the entire previous month. Additionally, the patient noticed that she had started a regular menstrual cycle.  Within six months of the initiation of chiropractic care, she became pregnant.

Don’t you owe it to yourself to try a new approach to solving your medical issues? If traditional western medicine isn’t helping, give chiropractic care a try. What do you have to lose?

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According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER), chiropractic care can be an effective tool for sufferers of Tension Headaches.  Several studies over the past few years have tracked many different types of physical and  behavioral treatments for patients with headaches.  Chiropractic care was specifically compared to amitriptyline, a common medication used for headaches.headache 300x210 How To Manage Headaches With Chiropractic Care

The results showed that chiropractic was highly effective for patients with tension headaches. When compared with the drug amitriptyline, chiropractic and the drug had similar short term effects during the episode.  However, the drug carried with it an adverse reaction rate in 82% of the patients.  ? The only reactions to chiropractic care are health and wellness!

The most profound effects were seen after the care was discontinued in the study.  In these instances the patients who were on drug therapy essentially returned to the same state as before. (Drugs only treat the symptoms.)  However, the patients who were under chiropractic care continued to show sustained reduction in headache frequency and severity even after the chiropractic care was discontinued. (Chiropractic treats the cause.) The implications are that chiropractic is not actually a therapy or treatment, but rather gets to the cause, allowing the body to effect a correction that lasts beyond actual care.