Headaches affect over 90% of Americans and are considered the MOST COMMON neurological disorder!
Bad sleep habits cause headaches.
Sleeping on your stomach or with your pillow bunched up is a sure way to a headache. What happens is that your neck becomes twisted for long periods of time as you sleep, putting pressure on the nerves, blood vessels, and vertebrae in your cervical (upper) spine. That pressure sends messages to the brain that there's something that needs to be addressed, and a pain signal is sent to your head. Presto! You have a headache and your neck hurts as well.
Too much caffeine and/or chocolate causes headaches.
Scientists don't know exactly what it is about caffeine that causes a headache, but they do know that there is a clear connection. The big question is what is too much coffee? If you're drinking six cups a day, that's too much! Four cups a day is too much! Three cups of coffee a day may be too much as well. For some people, any coffee is too much; the caffeine triggers a headache and keeps them away from a headache-free like. If you are drinking too much coffee, it's important that you decrease your coffee consumption slowly. DO NOT GO COLD TURKEY! If you stop drinking coffee cold turkey, you will get a headache and it won't just be an ordinary headache. It will be a monstrous headache. The best way to cut your coffee consumption is to decrease it by 1/2 cup a day. The same principle can be applied to chocolate. If you eat chocolate every single day, three times a day, decrease it one time a day. Chocolate contains caffeine and you can develop that monstrous headache from its withdrawal.
A diet that contains too much monosodium glutamate (MSG), Nutrasweet, Aspartame, and diet sodas causes headaches.
Very clever researchers discovered that certain chemicals, especially MSG added to chinese food is a strong headache trigger in many people. Foods that contain MSG might not necessarily list MSG or monosodium glutamate on the label. Instead, you'll see: hydrolyzed vegetable protein, natural flavorings, sodium caseinate, yeast extract, hydrolyzed yeast, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed oat flour, calcium caseinate, hydrolyzed plant protein, or hydrolyzed protein. Protein isolates of any type may contain MSG, even soy protein. If you eat processed foods, it will be rare for you to see a label without one of these! Every fast food chain uses it in their food ingredients!
Being out of alignment causes headaches.
When the bones of the neck and upper back get out of alignment, they can cause irritation and pressure to the nerves of the neck and back that refer pain up into the head. Nerve irritation also causes an alteration in the blood that flows to the head due to vasodilation and vasoconstriction. These effects have been well documented in research literature to make us feel pain in our head and thus give us headaches.
Chiropractic care can help with headaches.
When the bones of the neck and back are unlocked and restored to proper alignment, the nerve irritation is reduced and hence the effects listed above are reduced. This reduces headache pain within patients because it works to fix the root cause of headaches, the nerve irritation.
Don't worry, neck adjustments are safe when performed properly and by a licensed professional.
It is extremely safe. Chiropractors are trained at applying adjustments to the cervical spine that put no more pressure on the spine than flipping a light-switch. We have adjusted infants while they have been asleep and they don’t even wake up! The literature supports show that someone getting a chiropractic adjustment is safer than taking a Tylenol and safer than a child getting their vaccines!
Don't worry neck and upper back adjustments are not painful.
Most patients report that their first adjustment is a surprise because of how gentle and light it feels. They expect this huge “crack” or big twisting of the spine, and our adjustments are typically very specific and very gentle.
If headaches and migraines can have multiple causes and I don't know what caused it in me, will the recommendations for diet, exercise, and sleep work for me?
Yes. By receiving chiropractic treatments, you will be addressing the causes that have to do with the nervous system. This directly and indirectly affects the metabolic pathways and the hormonal pathways. Chiropractic manipulations create harmony inside the body and that harmony decreases stress and helps you sleep better. The diet recommendations will help your nervous system function better, decrease stress, provide the nutrients your body needs for every cell to work properly and assist the body in healing. Certain vitamins, nutrients, and herbs can promote healing and decrease infections. The exercise program is simple and helps prevent possible set backs you may endure during the course of your treatment. All in all, when you provide everything the body needs, that's when the body's innate intelligence takes over and starts the healing process.
OUR STAFF WILL COMBINE CHIROPRACTIC MEDICINE WITH MASSAGE THERAPY, DIET, AND EXERCISE TO ALLEVIATE YOUR HEADACHE AND MORE SEVERE MIGRAINE SYMPTOMS AND HELP REDUCE THE PAIN YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ON A DAILY BASIS.