It’s statistically true that headaches are one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor. There are many different types of headache and an almost infinite number of causes. Headaches caused by muscle tension as well as migraines are the most common, but whatever the case they are often distressing and debilitating. Painkillers can help of course, but often mask the true cause and long-term use can have serious side effects on your wellbeing.
The most common headache we see at the clinic is the tension headache. These are usually caused by one of the following:
- Poor sleep patterns
- Physical over-exertion
- Poor posture
Research shows us that the most common headaches respond extremely well to chiropractic care with a recent Italian study concluding that manual therapy techniques such as chiropractic have a beneficial effect in the treatment of headaches. This shouldn’t be a surprise as many problems are caused by the spine and/or the muscles surrounding it not working properly – whether it’s through bad posture or one of the other causes – and when those problems are corrected the headaches alleviate and in many cases disappear altogether.
Chiropractors examine the spine top to bottom and locate areas that are not working properly. If you have a proper consultation (as you would at my practice) your posture and your ability to turn and bend are tested. If we think that chiropractic can help we will establish a regular treatment program with a view to lessening the frequency and intensity of the headaches over time until they disappear.
When these techniques are applied and combined with other lifestyle changes such as modifying your sleep pattern, the results can often be remarkable. So if you are suffering from constant headaches don’t despair, we may be able to help. Give the Clinic a call on 01792 204484 and we can arrange an appointment time to suit you.