The World Health Organization estimates 50 percent of the global population have experienced a headache at least once within the last year. In the United States, migraines are the most prevalent type of headache, affecting 39 million people.
As one of the most common nervous system disorders, headaches can affect both children and adults. The use of pain medication is often the first line of defense against headaches.
While this can provide temporary relief, medicine does not help prevent headaches from reoccurring. Chiropractic care is a natural way to treat the pain and help prevent chronic headaches.
What Causes a Headache?
There are several types of headache, including tension, cluster and sinus. Common causes include stress, poor sleep, dehydration or lack of food, and seasonal allergies.
If your headaches are chronic, a spinal subluxation could be the cause. When the spine shifts out of normal alignment, as a result of trauma, stress or a development issue, it puts excess pressure on the surrounding nerves.
In response, the back, neck and jaw muscles can tighten, pulling the spine even further out of position and leading to chronic headaches.
Role of Chiropractic Care
According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic care may lead to improved outcomes for neck pain, migraine and cervicogenic headaches. A chiropractor can identify the root cause of your headaches, relieve stress within the body and improve spinal function through gentle adjustments.
The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury team may also recommend lifestyle changes to help prevent headaches, including postural tips and nutritional advice. Common food triggers include chocolate, highly caffeinated or salted foods and aged cheeses.
In addition to regular chiropractic adjustments, The American Chiropractic Association suggests the following changes to help prevent headaches:
- If you work on a computer, take breaks to stretch every 30 minutes
- Engage in low-impact exercises like walking, yoga and aerobics
- Stay hydrated with at least eight glasses of water per day
- Avoid teeth clenching, which can stress the two joints connecting the jaw and skull
Chiropractic is a safe and natural way to improve overall wellness and reduce headaches. To make an appointment with The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury, contact us today!