How Spinal Manipulation Can Be The Ideal Headache & Migraine Treatment
When it comes to headaches and migraines, we typically think that the issue is coming primarily from above the shoulders. What we often fail to realize, because it is not very intuitive, is that migraine and headache pain is an issue that stems from the entire body. If you are feeling migraines and headaches often, the pain that you feel coming from your head is just a symptom of the greater issue that is likely due to a misalignment in your spine. In this article, we'll go over how a chiropractor can realign your spine that can result in you having fewer headaches and migraines.
The Cause of Migraines
In order to truly understand how a chiropractor can solve these migraine issues, it is important to first understand the long-term underlying causes of these painful occurrences. Headaches that emanate from the base of the neck and affect the head are known as cervicogenic headaches. This means that another part of the body, in this case, the spine, is causing a headache. This can be a result of a myriad of factors including poor posture and athletic damage.
One of the core causes of spinal issues in general, having a poor posture at work or while sleeping can lead to headaches and migraines that seem to be coming from nowhere. If you have been told that your sleeping position is a bit unnatural by a spouse and you are also having migraines during the day, the poor sleeping posture could be the root cause of your issues. Since sleep positions are heavily dependent on spine placement, it is this misalignment that is likely causing your migraines.
If you were injured many years ago and just waited for the pain to subside without contacting a chiropractor, you might have some long term effects as a result of this injury and migraines and headaches might be one of them. It can be easy to get caught up in the "new normal" of headaches when our lives are so hectic but this doesn't have to be and shouldn't be the case. While it is ideal to see a chiropractor after experiencing any kind of damage from contact sports, you should still see one if the injury has been left unchecked for several months or even years. Minor damage can accumulate and lead to spinal fluid leaks that, if left unchecked, will lead to years of having to deal with migraines and headaches.
What Can A Chiropractor Do?
One of the most effective chiropractic treatments that can end migraines and headaches as a result of athletic injuries and poor posture involves spinal manipulation. This procedure involves physically maneuvering the spine in ways that can lead to pain relief in all parts of the body. In order for this to truly have a life long effect, however, you will need to maintain regular treatments.
If you are in the Montgomery or Lisle, IL areas and are facing these issues, don't hesitate to reach out to us right away. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to get you back into a headache-free lifestyle.