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Headaches

headache2If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.what you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry-on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.

New search shows it spinal manipulation – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. Report released in 2001 by researchers at Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that 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 tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

Also, 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulativetherapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.

Headache Triggers

Headaches have many causes, or “triggers.” These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). About 5% of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems. “The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck,” says Dr. George B. McClelland, a doctor of chiropractic from Christiansburg, VA. “Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities and they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This can increase joint your Tatian and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.”

What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?

A doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following you suffer from a primary headache.

• Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.

• Provide nutritional vice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps additional B complex vitamins.

• Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercise and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways – not just back pain. They know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body and they can take steps to relieve those problems.

What can you do?

• If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretching should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.

• Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you’re prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.

• Avoid teeth clenching. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your job to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and form of tension headaches.

• Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.

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