Headaches

Can a Chiropractor help with Headaches?

Suffering chronic headaches has a huge affect on peoples lives. If you suffer from this, have you considered Chiropractic care? Spinal care correction by Chiropractors is just one way to help relieve headaches when biomechanical in nature, which is becoming even more prevalent in our sedentary lifestyle alongside smartphone/mobile/tablet use. Muscle tension due to reduced cervical lordosis, cervical kyphosis, lack of neck joint mobility, poor posture, abnormal loading and reduced musculoskeletal health are common causes of headaches.

Headache is a very common condition cared for by Chiropractors. It may be that the cause of your headache is from spinal bones in your neck not supporting your head correctly due to abnormal spinal curves or restriction in joint mobility. This means nerves, muscles and even the blood supply to your head can be affected because of poor biomechanics and alignment.

Chiropractic Care for Headaches

Innate Chiropractic can help relieve your headaches with corrective spinal care due to spinal joints out of alignment, not moving properly irritating the nerves and correction of jaw problems.

  • Restore neck joint mobility
  • Normalise spinal function
  • Restore ideal cervical lordosis / spinal curve
  • Posture correction
  • Reduce nerve irritation
  • Recognise any signs of rare issues that require medical attention

What causes Headaches?

A headache, which is pain in the head, is just like any other pain symptom, the body signalling something is not right. Mild headaches can be caused by excess drinking or eating. Other causes may be diet, noise, viruses and many other daily pressures. Rare cases can be serious medical issues like brain cancer. Innate Chiropractic examine you to help identify the most likely cause.

Innate Chiropractic know that a headache is a warning system that the pain could also be attributed to muscle tension and nerve irritation and blood vessels in the neck. Vertebrae can be misaligned and structurally imbalanced from physical stress, poor lifestyle posture habits and movement patterns. In turn, this imbalance can irritate the nerves in the neck and sometimes cause very minor blood vessel constriction. These blood vessels supply the brain and constriction of these can cause headache. If not attended to, headaches caused by biomechanical problems will keep repeating, as they require a biomechanical solution.

Will my Headaches Go Away Immediately?

Each individual is different with so many contributing factors, so a definitive timeline cannot be given. Some of our patients enjoy immediate results. Others find a slow decline over several weeks of chiropractic care. For patients who have suffered from chronic headaches for years, it can take longer. What we can say is we always expect to see any sort of change with care, sometimes better, sometimes worse before it gets better, however we monitor this and will reconsider care by re-examining if there is no change at all with the care provided.

How to Help Prevent Headaches

  • Be aware and minimise poor posture choices wherever possible to help reduce any unnecessary stress on neck bones and joints
  • Take time to relax and get fresh air each day
  • Have regular sleep patterns, avoid too little or to much, going to bed at night and getting up in the morning at the same times
  • Engage in physical exercise activities you enjoy regularly to create and maintain healthy movement patterns and habits, helping to keep your musculoskeletal system healthy
  • Sleep on your side or back, not on your stomach. Either sleep on your side with your head supported so that it is in line with your spine with a pillow between your knees, or sleep on your back without your head too far forward or back keeping in line with your spine and place a pillow under your knees. A Chiroflow pillow provides continuous comfort and sustained support in either position.
  • Don’t overindulge in food or drink close to bed time.

 

Innate Chiropractic

We can help you, just contact us to begin care and be rid of your headaches.

 

Products to consider:

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