Do you suffer from headaches? If so, you are not alone. Headaches can range from uncomfortable for some, to downright debilitating for others. Oftentimes, issues in the upper neck or jaw can be the real culprit of chronic headaches. Years of bad posture, sitting long periods, carrying heavy bags, sleeping in detrimental positions, and stress are all contributing factors.
A common cause of headaches is from spinal bones in the neck that aren’t supporting the head properly. You might not notice your reduced ability to turn your head, but these subluxations affect nerves, muscles and even the blood supply to your head. Subluxations can often be the result of stress and bad posture which is why so many Americans who work at a desk all day report suffering from them. A subluxation is when one or more of the spinal bones is misaligned into an abnormal position causing irritation to the nerve structure and interference with the flow of nerve energy throughout the body.
Since there are several different types of headaches, it stands to reason that there are several triggers or causes that set them into motion. Some common triggers include bright lights, loud noises, certain foods, stress, blood sugar fluctuations, high blood pressure, exposure to chemicals, caffeine, neck tension, or spinal misalignment. Headaches that are caused by neck tension are some of the most common and are triggered by poor posture, certain repetitive motions, and other physical activities.
Headache Prevention Tips
Our doctors at Life Force Chiropractic can help by performing spinal adjustments that remove any subluxations and stress on the spine. We can also offer you advice on how to better avoid getting these headaches in the future.
Common Causes of Headaches:
- Bad Posture
- Teeth Clenching
Spinal Manipulation Can Help
Since the cervical spine and head are so closely related a chiropractors can use spinal manipulation to realign your vertebrae and reduce pressure that causes headaches. Many headaches are formed in the neck, and this type of treatment has been known to have positive results almost immediately. Other forms of headaches such as migraines may be a little more complex, but your chiropractor can still offer relief through customized chiropractic treatment. If you suffer from headaches and can’t seem to find permanent relief through conventional medicine, call our chiropractic team at Life Force Chiropractic today and schedule an appointment.