Headaches and Chiropractic Treatment

Are you suffering with headaches? Research shows that you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. A report by researchers at Duke University found that spinal manipulation provided almost immediate improvements for those headaches originating in the neck.

Another study showed that spinal manipulation was an effective treatment for tension headaches. Further, those who stopped their chiropractic treatment after four weeks of therapy continued to experience the benefits of the therapy, after the fact. In comparison, those who received medications received no sustained benefit from the medications. Study Link

Ninety-five percent of headaches are either tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. The majority of these headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck. In this day in age many Americans are relatively sedentary, spending hours in one fixed position or posture.

What Can You Do?
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) suggests the following:
  • If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.
  • Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.
  • Avoid teeth clenching. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.
  • Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.
What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?
Dr. Epp may do one or more of the following to help relieve your suffering from headaches:

  • Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
  • Provide advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
Dr. George B. McClelland states “Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways – not just back pain.  They know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and they can take steps to relieve those problems.” Link on: ACA Website

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