What A Headache
Coping with a headache can be a challenge. And if stress is making your head pound, it’s no wonder that headaches are responsible for more lost productive work days (including sick days and reduced performance on the job) than any other pain condition. And if you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.
Headaches have many causes, or “triggers.” These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress) and/or behaviors such as insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, and more.
The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck. Tension headaches are caused by muscular strains in the head and neck area and/or emotional stress. They are usually dull, steady, aching pains on both sides of the head. Sometimes they develop into throbbing pains, leading researchers to believe that they may be closely related to migraines. Eye strain (poor vision) can also trigger frequent tension headaches.
Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than in the past, and more hours are spent 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.
Chiropractic, which addresses the cause of muscle tension and tension headaches, with a proven success rate for millions of chronic headache sufferers. We recognize that a headache is the body’s warning sign that the nerves and blood vessels in the neck are irritated. In some instances, chiropractic adjustment can actually provide immediate relief of your headache. Others will notice a slow decline in their symptoms after several week of chiropractic care. It’s hard to predict. If you’ve had chronic headaches for several years, improvement will take time.
What can I do now to ease my headache pain until my chiropractic appointment?
- Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the affected area which may numb and help alleviate the pain.
- Apply heat to the shoulder and/or neck muscles to help relax the muscles.
- Gently massage the back of the neck periodically to help reduce stress and discomfort.
- Lie down to rest in a quiet atmosphere with 1 rolled up towel or small pillow supporting the neck without pushing the head forward.
- Immediately avoid bright lights and noise.
Certainly we know that results can vary from person to person with any type of treatment. Chiropractic care has quickly become the most widely used and accepted alternative healthcare approach, for all types of headaches and many other illnesses and conditions!
If you want to say “goodbye” to tension headaches and ineffective drug treatments, chiropractic care offers a promising alternative that deals with the cause of your tension headaches. Call us today!