Zero headaches is normal.
If you are suffering with headache this is an indication that there is something not right with the function of your body. Over 15 % of Australians take pain relieving medication for their headaches. Sadly this medication never actually gets to the cause of the headaches but merely attempts to silence the pain signals of the headache.
This too often becomes a part of life and we can become so indoctrinated into this habit of medication use that it is can have detrimental effects on your long term health.
There are many types of headache – which type are you suffering from?
- Tension headache
- Cluster headache
- Sinus headache
- Cervicogenic headache – headaches originating in the neck
- Triggerpoint headache
- Exercise induced headache
What is the cause of your headaches?
There are many known causes of headaches. The most common known cause and one that is often overlooked is nerve irritation in the upper cervical (neck) region due to poorly functioning spinal joints, a condition known as vertebral subluxation. The nerves that supply the area of face and scalp originate from the top 3 vertebrae and these nerves also influence the blood vessels in the skull. So any irritation to these can often lead to headache.
Other factors can also irritate the cause of the headaches, such as:
- Poor nutrition
- Food sensitivities
- Poor posture
- Prescription medication
- Toxicity within the environment, pollution, smells etc.
At Somerville Chiropractic we take a conservative, preventative approach to the treatment of headache and migraine. Our techniques are gentle, safe and effective and are aimed at finding the cause of the headache. We know that medication merely dulls the pain and really offers no long-term solution or prevention for your headaches.
By improving correct movement in the spinal joints of the neck and upper thoracic areas we can decrease the amount of nerve irritation and therefore reduce the muscle spasm which provides a very effective and at times immediate reduction to the cause of your headaches.
If our Chiropractors deem further diagnostic treatment necessary to determine a definitive diagnosis of your headaches, X-Rays or an MRI scan may be recommended. Somerville Chiropractic also offer nutrition services and stress management if these are contributing factors to your headaches.