What is causing my headaches?
There are different types of headaches and to find the cause can sometimes be difficult. I tend to get the question often which is “what is causing my headaches?”. The first question to ask is if there was any recent or past trauma since the headaches began. Headaches may become frequent when the structure of the cervical spine has lost its natural lordotic curvature which causes the vertebrae of the spine to put a constant pressure onto the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves then resulting in headaches. The loss of the cervical curvature may occur in different ways over time.
Loss of the normal cervical curvature occurs through:
• bad sleeping habits (too many pillows under the head when sleeping on your back)
• bad posture at work while sitting in front of a computer
• work conditions (dental hygienist/dentist that constantly look down throughout the day while treating patients)
• text neck (staring down at phone)
• bad posture while reading
This change in the curvature of the cervical spine can sometimes take years to occur. The curvature may be corrected if it is diagnosed early. Types of treatment used for the correction of the spinal curvature is chiropractic adjustments, traction correction devices, strengthening exercises, as well as special pillows. Another possible cause of headaches are disc herniations to the cervical spine (neck). These disc injuries may place a constant pressure onto the spinal cord or spinal nerves. Disc injuries are diagnosed through the use of MRI’s, CT scans, or a Myelogram.
Medications have side affects
Many people who suffer from headaches choose pain medication as the first form of treatment to relieve their symptoms. Although medication only covers up the symptoms of the true underlying cause. Pain medications over time can also have a negative affect on the liver and kidneys which can eventually lead to future complications. An important factor is staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. How much water is enough for me? Since everyone has different body types a good form of measurement is half of your body weight in ounces.
There are several types of headaches in which we have only discussed cervicogenic headaches. Cervicogenic headache is a syndrome characterized by chronic hemicranial pain that is referred to the head from either bony structures or soft tissues of the neck. Chiropractic treatment through the form of chiropractic adjustments to the cervical spine have had outstanding results in the reduction of headaches symptoms. Through the chiropractic adjustments it allows the improvement of nerve flow and may help remove nerve pressure in the neck that could be the root cause of your headaches. See your local chiropractor today for a chiropractic evaluation.
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