Do You Have Migraines or Headaches?


Headaches are not fun, and migraines are another level of awful. Living with either of these issues can make you feel grumpy and in the worst-case scenario leave you unable to function. Medication can help in the short term but when the problem is ongoing, or re-occurring, pills are not enough. Oftentimes, the source of your headaches and migraines is structural, and therefore with proper treatment it is possible to permanently overcome this debilitating issue. Chiropractic treatment in Rogers may be the solution that will end your ongoing headaches and migraines, read on to understand how.

Headaches and Migraines in Rogers

Whether you are dealing with a persistent ache in your head, or the worst symptoms associated with migraines, including light and noise intolerance, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, depression and irritation the cause may be a structural issue. When the spine moves out of position because of developmental issues, trauma, repetitive stress and other incidents it can put pressure on the surrounding nerves. When the nerves are compressed or irritated they send a message to the muscles of the back, neck and jaw to tighten.

This tightness can lead directly to an acute headache or migraine. Over time the tightness can also pull your bones out of alignment leading to more persistent headaches and migraines. A headache or migraine can be a sign that there are deeper problems arising in your spinal column, and because every other system in your body is impacted by your spinal health, it is very important to deal with these issues when the signs begin to arise.

Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches and Migraines

Chiropractic care has a long history of successfully treating headaches and migraines. Chiropractors have extensive understanding of subtle issues occurring in the spine which, due to its connection with the nervous system, is very often the source of pain. A chiropractic treatment starts with a thorough evaluation that will rule out other possible causes of your headache and examine your spine for issues of misalignment.

The assessment will determine the exact type of treatment that is necessary for the specific issue at the root of the pain. Using gentle and non-invasive techniques a chiropractor is able to achieve adjustments to the spine that, although they may seem subtle, can provide almost instant relief and restore your long term health. Unlike medications which treat the problem on the surface level and provide only short term relief, a chiropractic adjustment will address the cause of your headache or migraine and provide lasting results that will improve your quality of life.

The most common type of headache is the tension or “stress” headache. These headaches can be debilitating. However these may not actually be caused by stress or other chemically imbalances but rather a treatable condition of your neck. There are several muscles, ligaments and joints that can irritate the many nerves that have been directed as the cause of headaches. Millions of Americans treat their headaches with rest and over-the-counter medications. Receiving proper examination and addressing the causative factors are the only way to treat the cause. After all, are a lack of aspirin the cause of your headaches? Fix the problem with corrective chiropractic care to address the actual cause of your headaches.

Researchers Agree Headaches Start in the Neck

Researchers at the University of New South Wales found that after two months of chiropractic care, headache patients reported a 40% decrease in the frequency of the pain attacks as well as a 43% decrearse in pain intensity. A group receiving only medical care showed 34% saying they had fewer hadaches and the same percent saying the headaches were less severe than before. Walker Robinson, MD of the University of Maryland Medical Center stated that the neck muscles contract on the connective tissue that surrsounds the brain, known as the dura mater, and this is the cause of the pain. Dr. Robinson says his research is to help convince people to not continue contributing to the $2.2 billion headache-remedy market.

Researchers agree headaches start in neck
Chiropractic Journal July 1995, Vol. 9 Issue 10, p47, 1p

X-ray findings of the neck with tension-type headaches

A study of 372 patients with tension type headaches compared with 225 normal controls determined relationships between straightened (loss of neck curve) and low set shoulders. The study concluded noting that patients with tension type headaches had a smaller or straightened neck curve, lower set shoulders (commonly found in patients with straightened neck curves).

The neck should have a forward curve. When this curve is lost the muscles of the neck must work harder, which puts a lot of tension on the delicate nerves sending signals to the head and neck. Restoring your body’s natural curves is a treatable condition with chiropractic care.

Roentgenographic Findings of the Cervical Spine in Tension-Type Headache
Arata Nagasawa, Toshimasa Sakakibara, Akira Takahashi
Headhache 1993, 33:p90-95

Your posture can play a role in your headaches

While your loss of neck curve can play a huge role the amount of forward head posture can dictate the presence of headaches. The average human skull weighs 10-14 pounds. For every inch forward the amount of stress on your neck increases as much as 10 times! This can cause muscular trigger points. Both trigger points and forward head posture showed a positive correlation with headache duration and frequency.

Trigger points in the suboccipital muscles and forward head posture in tension type headache
Fernandez-de-las-Penas, Alonso Blanco, Cuadrado ML, Gerwin RD, Pareja JA
Headache 2006; 46(3):p454-460

Living with headaches or migraines is not really living but if you have them I don’t need to tell you that. At Northwest Chiropractic & Rehab in Rogers AR we will find the cause, help you understand what the cause is and create a care plan to fix the problem. Let us help you get your life back. You are always welcome to call as ask questions. Our staff is here for you!


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Northwest Chiropractic & Rehab
4608 West Walnut Street Suite A
Rogers, AR 72756
(479) 899-6658

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