What causes headaches?
One of the most common causes of headaches is chronic stress, which causes muscles and other soft tissues to tighten and constrict, producing a continual strain that results in tenderness and restricts circulation. Many “tension headaches” occur when knots form in the neck and shoulders and press on nerves and blood vessels. Headaches can also be caused by injury, poor posture, improper lifting and carrying techniques, or sleeping on a non-supportive pillow or mattress.
How can a chiropractor help me relieve my chronic headaches?
Routine chiropractic adjustments will help realign and re-balance the spine. When the spine is out of alignment the uneven stresses can irritate nerves and interfere with normal circulation. Spinal adjustment and other hands-on chiropractic techniques address these issues at the source to relieve inflammation, restore circulation and promote optimal health and healing.
Is there anything I can do to prevent headaches from occurring in the first place?
If you suffer from chronic headaches, the first step in prevention is having an evaluation to determine their cause. Having regular chiropractic exams and adjustments can help relieve these issues before they become significant enough to cause pain and other symptoms. Improving your posture and sleeping on a supportive pillow and mattress can also help to prevent muscle tension that leads to headaches.