Headaches can range from a minor annoyance to a serious debilitating condition. There are some that experience from a very early age, such as 12 years, and there are some that don’t get their first headaches well into adult hood. It is important to understand that a headache can be caused by several reasons and that there are different treatments accordingly.
What are the common headaches you can suffer from?
People suffer from several different headaches such as:.
Out of all the headaches the most common of these are tension headaches and next is migraines. However the lines distinguishing different headaches are often blurred and often these headaches can overlap. This means that people that suffer from tension headaches can get migraine like symptoms as well.
What can a Chiropractor do for you?
Diagnosing the type of headache you suffer from is very important because there are different treatments for each. Chiropractic care helps especially well for tension and cervicogenic headaches.
The landmark paper ‘Clinical effectiveness of manual therapy for the management of musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal conditions: systematic review and update of UK evidence report‘ states that there is “Positive” evidence to show that spinal manipulation can treat Cervicogenic headaches, and that the evidence is “Favourable” for treating Tension headaches.
These headaches are ones that that are often caused from the muscles or joints in your neck. They can be very persistent and is often related to bad postures such as excessive time on the computers or phones. Chiropractic treatment often focuses on correcting these postural defaults to decrease tensions causing these sorts of headaches. Sometimes disfunction in the TMJ can cause headaches.
Long term sufferers are often encouraged to follow a rehab program to strengthen the surrounding muscles, so you get less trouble from these headaches on a daily basis. Stretching and therapy may also help.
Video: Quick stretch for tension headaches
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Clar, C. et al. “Clinical effectiveness of manual therapy for the management of musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal conditions: systematic review and update of UK evidence report.” Chiropractic & manual therapies (2014). URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24679336