Headaches are very common, and the majority of them are caused by just a few different problems. These types of headaches are called Primary Headaches, and come from the pain-sensitive structures in your body rather than from some underlying disease or disorder.
1. SUBLUXATIONS- A subluxation is a fancy term chiropractors use to describe joints in your spine that have become stuck, kinked or irritated. When they become irritated, they can refer pain up into your head. While stretching, exercise and pain killers can often help some with this type of problem, getting the irritated joint adjusted is the only real way to undo the root cause of the problem.
2. MUSCULAR TENSION- The muscles in your upper back, shoulders, neck and even on the sides of your head can also become the source of your headaches. This is VERY common. Tightness or tension in these muscles are a major factor, but so are Trigger Points – really irritated muscle tissue that refers pain, even intense pain, up into the head.
Once again, pain killers may be helpful, but they do not actually correct the problem. Care that targets the malfunctioning body structures work best to correct the problem long term.
3. SECONDARY HEADACHES- A secondary headache is a symptom of a disease that can activate the pain-sensitive nerves of the head. Any number of conditions — varying greatly in severity — may cause secondary headaches. Examples include sinus infection, ear infection, dehydration, and illness, as well as other rare causes. These types of headaches are much less common.
The majority of the time, the cause of headaches is subluxations or trigger points. In those uncommon cases that there is another cause, we let you know so that you can get the proper care.
Hope this helps,
Dr Matt and Dr Robin
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This email is courtesy of Matthew Barnes, D.C. and Robin Barnes, D.C. Neither this nor any of our emails are intended to be medical advice and should not be taken as such. They are opinion and are for informational purposes only. None of the nutrients discussed here are meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.