The Truth About Headaches. Presented By: Steven D. Mitchell, D.C. Tulare Chiropractic and Wellness Center.
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Steven D. Mitchell, D.C.
Tulare Chiropractic and Wellness Center
Many people are mistaken in their belief that it is acceptable or OK to have headaches. Some even consider headaches to be “normal”. This attitude is dangerous as headaches can be an important warning sign. A “normal” headache would be directly related to an incident like a stressful event. If the headache goes away quickly or after sleep, then that is a normal response.
Headaches that occur more than once per month, or last longer than 3-4 hours are not normal.
Many people with regular headaches find themselves reaching for medication to quiet the pain. They often slowly develop a dependency on these medications, which can have harsh side effects over time such as stomach problems, liver problems or kidney failure.
There are many and varied treatments available for migraine headaches. The treatments include medication, chiropractic, massage, herbal treatment, homeopathy, acupuncture, or many other alternatives. Most all treatments aim to effectively manage the migraines, as most people with true migraines do not completely resolve the problem.
90%“The nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body.”
Gray’s Anatomy, 29th Edition, Page 4
Besides the obvious pain and tightness we feel from poor posture and subluxations, we can be affected in other ways as well. Since the nerves control so much in our bodies, when they are pinched we may often feel tired or fatigued, have headaches, digestive troubles, or other products of the functions that those nerves control.
- Chiropractic care
- Attention to posture
- Correct ergonomics
- Reduced stress
*All exercise programs should be supervised by a qualified professional, as headaches can be an indication of a more serious problem. Please seek professional advise before beginning any exercise program or other treatment.
Example of the types of exercises commonly prescribed:
Most people with posture-related headaches have what is known as “upper-cross” syndrome. This is noted by shoulders rolling forward, and forward head posture. The exercises, therefore promote stretching the tight chest muscles and strengthening the weaker upper back muscles. The next slide has some examples:
Stretching the chest muscles helps the shoulders to pull back more easily.
Strengthening the upper back muscles helps to correct the most common types of postural deviations.
(Many variations and other exercises are important as well)
Correct ergonomics give a good guideline to follow as above. It is very important to be able to vary your position throughout the day as well. Taking breaks to stretch is just as important.
Spinal manipulation has been proven effective for such conditions, and it does not involve medication to cover up the pain. Chiropractors are well educated in this field and can also diagnose the condition to recommend the most effective course, which should include exercise and nutrition.
*If you already have headaches, be sure to check with your local health professional for a thorough evaluation.
The best cure is to never develop the problem in the first place. Take preventive steps:
1. Maintain a proper body weight.
2. Exercise regularly (3 times per week or more for aerobic exercise)
3. Eat only nutritious food. An apple a day…
4. Reduce stress (all of the above will help with that).
5. Watch your ergonomics.
If you’d like a free consultation in our office to determine what is causing your headaches, simply call 685-9391. Mention this web site, and we can set up a convenient time for your consultation.