Do you ever get headaches? Chances are that you do. In fact, 9 in 10 Americans suffer from headaches at some point in their lives. The most common types of headaches are known as “tension headaches” and are often associated with tension somewhere in the muscles of the head, neck and shoulders. These headaches are generally triggered by some kind of environmental or internal stress. A more debilitating type of headache is known as a “migraine.” These headaches, which are more common in women, are often triggered by hormonal changes, medications, certain foods, and stress. The good news is that effective treatment exists to decrease the symptoms and potentially eliminate many headaches altogether.
What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do to Help?
Several research studies suggest that spinal adjustments and myofascial release—two essential types of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be effective treatments for tension headaches as well as more serious migraine headaches1,2,3.
In addition, Chiropractic physicians are trained to provide advice on nutrition, posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. All of which may help to uncover and eliminate the causes of your headaches; including joint restriction and muscular tension, inflammatory diet, poor posture, and lack of or improper exercise.
What Can You Do?
- Take frequent breaks from sitting in a fixed position (“Ladies and gentleman, walk away from the computer! And put down your cell phone!”)
- Move your body! Light exercise such as walking or mellow cycling can be very helpful in decreasing headache symptoms.
- Drink plenty of water (¼-½ of your body weight in ounces is a good daily target).
- Pay attention to and avoid potential dietary triggers of headache (chocolate, wine, fermented foods, etc…).
- Reduce your stress levels through an activity you enjoy.
- Learn to meditate. My favorite way is to simply sit still and observe what arises on the mental, emotional and physical planes, without fighting or following any of it.
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Cheers to your health!
1) J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2011 Jun;34(5):274-89
2) Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004;(3):CD001878.
3) NeuroRehabilitation. 2012;30(4):333-9