Though there are many types of headaches, a frequent and overlooked cause of headaches is the malfunction of spinal bones in the neck and upper back. When bones of the spine lose their normal position or motion, sensitive nerves and blood vessels to the head can be affected. When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated, they can produce throbbing headaches. Aspirin and medications may cover up these warning signs, but do not correct the underlying structural cause.
Many people find relief and correction with chiropractic care.
If a thorough examination reveals reduced range of motion, loss of normal spine curves, or mechanical restrictions, chiropractic care should be considered. After a complete explanation, you’ll receive a care program designed for your unique spinal problem. Many patients report headache relief. Others find that the correction takes longer because their spinal problem has existed undetected for many years. Every patient responds differently. Regardless of how you respond, experience the drug-free results millions have enjoyed by consulting a chiropractic doctor.
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Minimize Headache Frequency
Waking and sleeping times can play a critical role in controlling headaches. Sleep deprivation is a common headache trigger, as in oversleeping. Make an effort to normalize your sleep patterns helping your body to become regulated.
Though it’s almost impossible to eliminate stress from a fast-paced, high pressure lifestyle, try to implement techniques that will help minimize its impact on your life. Take deep breaths, meditate, pray and keep a sense of humor. Be sure to exercise regularly, lower the unreasonable demands you put on yourself and leave work on time so you can spend leisure time with your family and friends.
Most offending foods and seasonings will cause headaches shortly after you eat them. Some foods will only cause headaches if you eat a certain quantity. For example, nitrates in a hot dog may not bother you until you’ve had a second one. Reduce your intake of caffeine, chocolate, nitrates (preserved meats), fermented foods, alcohol, and foods that contain MSG and artificial sweeteners.
Skipped meals or irregular eating schedules can increase headaches. If this appears to be a cause, try to eat meals at regular intervals or carry snacks with you so you can eat when your body requires food.
Smoking cigarettes or breathing second-hand smoke can increase your headache frequency. Although quitting smoking is not a guarantee that headaches will stop, it can ease the problem by eliminating the impurities and the carbon monoxide levels found in the blood of smokers.