If you experience recurring headaches, you’ve probably tried many potential remedies. All headaches don’t have the same root cause, so it stands to reason that they won’t have the same solutions. Also, remedies can vary among individuals who suffer from the same condition. Some people just need a bit of aspirin to make the headache subside, while others can’t seem to shake it no matter what they try. However, taking aspirin or other over-the-counter pain relievers on a regular basis is not recommended because this can lead to other health issues. Aspirin, for instance, may contribute to the blood’s inability to clot, which means it may be difficult to stop the bleeding if you get cut or otherwise injured. Fortunately, strategies exist designed to help ease headache pain that don’t depend on medication of any kind.
Because headache pain is sometimes the result of stress experienced by the spine, spinal manipulation designed to relieve that stress often has the added bonus of getting rid of the headache. Spinal systems are vulnerable to a great deal of stressors, such as sitting in non-ergonomic office chairs for the majority of the day, bad posture, incorrect lifting methods, and spending long hours sitting in a vehicle during your commute to and from work. This approach works particularly well for tension headaches because it alleviates tension at the source before it has the chance to accumulate and to cause a headache.
Although many people believe that chiropractors only focus on issues involving the musculoskeletal system, the spine in particular, chiropractic medicine actually seeks to treat the whole person. Many headaches are the direct result of lifestyle choices and can be alleviated once those choices have been eliminated or modified. For instance, tobacco smokers may experience greater instances of headaches than their nonsmoking counterparts. You may experience headaches as the direct result of lack of sleep, environmental stressors such as high noise or light levels, and working on a computer for hours at a time. Talking with your chiropractor about your lifestyle is a good way to identify possible sources of headache pain.
Please feel free to contact our office for more information on how chiropractic medicine can improve your life.