Most of us will experience headaches at some point during our lives. They can range from dull and throbbing to sharp and intense, and for a lot of people headaches can significantly affect your ability to focus and make it through the day. A migraine is one of the most severe types of headaches, can be preceded by auras, and may also cause nausea and vomiting.
While there are many different triggers that lead to headaches, a Chiropractor is trained to determine if your headaches could be related to problems in your neck (called cervicogenic headaches). It’s common that old injuries such as whiplash, daily computer work, and poor posture can build up and cause damage to the spine, leading to stuck spinal vertebrae and pinched nerves. Since the nerves that exit at the base of the skull and from the neck wrap up around the head, face, and jaw, they can carry pain into the head.
Other headache triggers include fatigue, bright lights, weather changes, sensitivity to chemicals in foods, caffeine, skipping meals, and hormonal cycles.
It’s important to determine what factors are contributing to your headaches. If they are related to what’s going on in your neck, Chiropractic care can gently realign neck bones as well as correct the alignment of the skull as it sits on top of the spine. This helps take stress and tension off the nerves that cause the pain. In addition, by realigning the vertebrae and helping relax the nerves, the person often can become less reactive to their own unique headache triggers.