At one time or another we have all experienced throbbing or stabbing pains in our head. If there was only one cause of headaches, treatment would be a lot easier. However, headaches come in many different shapes and sizes and the causes can be equally complex. There is no one simple answer.
Headaches can be triggered by physical or emotional stress, toxins, certain foods, preservatives, alcohol, bright light, trauma, high blood pressure as well as hormonal changes. Another frequently overlooked cause of headaches is misaligned spinal bones in the neck and upper back. When spinal bones lose their normal position and motion, nerves and blood vessels of the head can be affected. A reoccurring headache is a sign that something is wrong. While pain relievers like aspirin may temporary ease the discomfort, they also mask the symptoms and do nothing to correct the source of the problem.
A Doctor of Chiropractic is highly experienced in finding the causes behind headaches as well as relieving the immediate pain. A series of spinal manipulations allow mal-positioned joint tissue to create a greater range of motion, relieving pressure on the irritated nerves as well as normalizing proper blood flow. A chiropractic physician can also help by identifying headache triggers, as well as suggest relaxation exercises, therapy and lifestyle modifications to help avoid future headaches.