Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Headaches greatly vary – some people suffer occasionally while for others they are a frequent occurrence. Pain from a headache can range from dull and throbbing to debilitating pain with nausea. There are many causes or “triggers” of headaches which can include: environmental (noise, lights, etc.), physical trauma, emotional stress, nutritional deficiencies, chemical toxins and neck and/or back subluxation (misalignment). A majority of headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck. Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than in the past, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture (such as sitting in front of a computer). This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache. Many Americans turn to medications to relieve their discomfort, unfortunately, medications only mask the pain, it does not treat the source.
Research shows that spinal manipulation may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. During your initial exam at SOS Chiropractic, we can determine if Chiropractic health care is the best alternative for treating your chronic headaches. A combination of Chiropractic adjustments and nutritional and lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches. Like most major changes, improvement of chronic headaches can take time, especially if you have suffered them for years.