If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Some headaches are occasional, some are more frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.
It is wise to look for triggers that may cause a headache to start so future headaches can be avoided. Common headache triggers can be foods, things in the environment, or behaviors.
Ninety five percent of headaches are “primary headaches” such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. Primary headaches aren’t caused by disease and the headache itself is the primary concern. A great majority of headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck.
Research shows that spinal manipulation may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. Chiropractic care can help alleviate stress, tension, and the aches and pains that often accompany them. Instead of popping a pill to rid yourself of the next headache, find relief naturally.
Sedentary activities and long hours in a fixed position or posture can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back, and scalp and can cause your head to ache.
As a society and across all generations, we are spending longer hours in front of a computer or other piece of technology. Whether it be for work or school or in our leisure time, we are sedentary in a fixed position for long stretches of time. It is good practice to stretch or take a walk every 30 minutes to relieve the tension in our neck, back, and shoulders.
Teeth clenching is common when we are stressed and it can lead to a form of tension headache. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. Clenching 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.
Chiropractic care is all natural and has helped many people see a decrease in the frequency and length of tension headaches. The holidays are approaching and along with the good cheer comes stress and heachaches. We advise that you hydrate often, avoid triggers, and visit our office to maintain good alignment and good health. Call Valley Spinal Care Kierland at (480) 443-7678 to give the gift of chiropractic to yourself and those you love.