Chiropractic Care and Headaches

Headaches are a common complaint that chiropractors see in their offices on a daily basis. Headaches may be chronic and debilitating for the individuals that deal with them. There are a few different types of headaches, all of which chiropractic can have a key role in helping to relieve.

The three main types of headaches are tension, migraines, and cluster headaches. They all have their own specific symptoms, but at times can overlap. Tension headaches are one of the most common headaches and may be caused by stress and poor posture. Often times the “band” like tension headache is caused by poor positioning while performing office work and holding tightness due to stress in their upper back and neck. Cluster headaches typically come in attacks that may last every day for a few weeks. They typically are in the front of the face and may come with a runny nose and other symptoms associated with allergies. Migraine headaches have a typical pattern that usually is strong in one localized area and may come with sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting. Migraines may have many different triggers including foods, stress, and hormonal causes.

Chiropractic can help with all three types of headaches with adjustments of the spine. Several specific areas we look at when someone is experiencing a headache is the neck and upper back. The poor posture associated with these headaches can be improved with adjusting those areas as well as through corrective exercises to strengthen weak muscles and stretches for areas of tightness. Daily ergonomics and patterns are examined and corrected as necessary to prevent further issues down the road. Triggers for the headaches may also be caused by specific foods or hormones. Chiropractors can help alleviate those symptoms by helping the patient with their diet to try and determine what the trigger may be and how to avoid it.

If you or someone you know suffers from any of these headaches, feel free to set up an appointment with our office and Drs. Zak and Emily will look at your specific situation and give you a plan to help with your headaches.

Common vs. Normal

Just because something is COMMON does not mean it is NORMAL. Common, by definition, is something that is “occurring, found, or done often; prevalent”. Normal is “conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected”. In health, this holds true as many people truly have no idea how good their bodies are designed to feel. By this definition, you may find some symptoms to be “normal” for you as you expect certain things over time. However, what does human physiology say is “normal”? You don’t get to create a new normal. Normal is what our bodies were designed to do. It may be portrayed to be common nowadays for individuals to be held back by their health and not feeling they are reaching their true potential. These thoughts and feelings are confirmed by commercials that tout the countless individuals who have suffered from x and received relief from y treatment. Be it a headache, muscle and joint pain, discomfort related to pregnancy, constipation or other GI disturbance, lifestyle induced chronic disease, or a myriad of other diagnoses, you are portrayed to simply be one of many with this common issue. Rather than accepting this and finding “strength in numbers”, do something about improving your health. Seek the answer to what is going on and address the cause, rather than the symptom or effect. It may be common to hear of headaches, but it is not normal to have them and is not something you have to put up with, or routinely cover-up. You may think waking up sore is normal because your co-worker down the hall complains of the same thing every morning, or that you shouldn’t be able to get out and hike at the lake because “you’re getting old” and it’s normal to be in pain as you age. Hollywood may enjoy showing the misery of pregnancy, labor, and delivery, but I can personally attest that a truly normal physiological labor and delivery, while intense at times, is not something women should be afraid of as depicted when they have the proper preparation and support. When you seek answers for your health concerns, what are you really getting at? What will make the symptom “go away”? Or what is going on here and how can I address the CAUSE and take control of my health, truly striving to thrive in my health and life? Be it getting your body adapting and functioning better through chiropractic adjustments, regular movement, dietary modifications, other lifestyle changes, or a combination of all of the above, you deserve to live the life you want free of “common” ailments and anything else holding you back. Remember, just because it’s common does not mean it’s normal, or has to be your story. Be the one to create a new “normal” for others and inspire them to get “uncommon” by today’s standards, truly finding and feeling their optimum potential.