Hidden Causes for Headaches

In today’s pill-popping culture, drugs are often considered the first line of defence against headache pain. The problem? These drugs have a proven history of ineffectiveness. In addition, they are loaded with potentially perilous side effects.

All-natural alternatives, however — such as the type of chiropractic care provided by your doctor at Chiropractic for Life — offer safe and effective ways to end headache pain.

When spinal bones (vertebrae) are misaligned, the result is a common condition known as vertebral subluxation. This, in turn, restricts the movement of nerves and muscles: an underlying cause of headache. Your doctor at Chiropractic for Life restores alignment and movement to the spine with safe, gentle maneuvers known as chiropractic adjustments.

When neck muscles stiffen and contract — a chain of events frequently sparked by poor posture — the result is a tug-of-war with spinal bones: a scenario that often leads to the development of vertebral subluxation. That’s why medications often fail to alleviate headaches; they focus on symptoms without addressing the root, underlying cause. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, gets to the heart of the matter.

Numerous studies illustrate that chiropractic care successfully relieves neck pain and related tension. For instance, in one study of 119 patients, neck pain was reduced by a whopping 54% after four weeks of chiropractic care (approximately 12 visits). And all without drugs.

Another well-known instigator of headache is eye strain. Glaring computer monitors and vision difficulties (due to lack of corrective glasses or
lenses) are two of the most common causes of eye strain. Flickering fluorescent lights also spark eye strain and headaches. In the case of uncorrected hyperopia (far-sightedness) and astigmatism
(irregularly shaped corneas), the eye’s muscles have to work harder to keep an image in focus — leading to tired or aching eyes, poor concentration,
headaches and blurring of vision: particularly with close-up work.

Dehydration — another common origin of headache — is also one of the most simple to remedy. To demonstrate this, researchers in the Netherlands
enrolled 18 patients in a pilot study. All of the individuals suffered from migraine headache. In addition, two also had tension-type headache.

The continual use of headache and pain medications — particularly those containing barbiturates and caffeine — amplifies the odds of developing what’s known as medication overuse headache (MOH). According to scientists, “Medication overuse headache is a clinically important entity and it is now well documented.” Painkilling medications also tend to lower blood levels of serotonin: the “feel good” chemical affecting emotion, behaviour and cognitive processing.

Regularly scheduled chiropractic care is the key to preventing pain and illness. The focus of the chiropractic approach is warding off health complaints before they occur. However, if headache does strike, don’t reach for drugs. Instead, consider the all-natural relief options promoted by our chiropractic office.

Dr. Alexandra Muntean
Chiropractor and Acupuncturist 

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