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Headaches and Chiropractic Care

Headaches are a problem many people suffer with to varying degrees, and although 9 out of 10 Americans experience from headaches they should not be considered a normal part of everyday life. Headaches are not normal, they are a "symptom" of the actual problem causing the headache. In fact, research has shown that the source of 95% of all headaches can be traced to problems in the neck (cervical spine).

Man with headacheThe number one cause of headaches is subluxations in the neck. When the vertebrae in the neck become misaligned — something that can easily happen just by sleeping in the wrong position — the vertebrae can put pressure on or irritate the nerves causing headaches. In addition, subluxations (misalignments) can restrict the movement and range of motion of your neck by preventing the bones from moving properly.

Causes of Headaches

The various causes of headaches can be broken down into three main categories: Chemical Stress, Mental & Emotional Stress, and Physical Stress.

Chemical Stress Headaches:
These headaches are related to what we put in our bodies.

  • Reactions to drugs and medications
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Poor air quality
  • Poor water quality
  • Poor nutrition: eating too many processed foods, sugars, and grains

Woman with a headachePhysical Stress Headaches:

  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Muscle sprains/strains or injuries: falls, accidents, sports, slips…
  • Poor posture: standing, sitting, texting, video games, sleeping…
  • Low blood sugar or high blood pressure

Emotional & Mental Stress Headaches:
Various types of stress can cause headaches

  • Stress caused by relationships and family problems
  • Work-related stress and anxiety
  • Stress caused by financial problems and worry
  • Stress induced by lack of sleep and proper rest
  • Depression, letdown, and frustration

Chiropractic Care for Headaches

Chiropractic adjustments have been proved to be extremely effective in treating headaches according to various studies. Duke University released a study in 2001 that showed, “spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of a tension-type headache than commonly prescribed medications.”

Headaches are a very common problem that Dr. Gary Olson treats patients for. He finds and corrects the underlying cause of their headaches. Dr. Olson will run a series of exams to locate the cause of your headaches. Once the cause has been corrected, the headaches go away. Chiropractic adjustments are able to provide headache relief without the use of pain medications.

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