According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 20 adults experiences headaches daily (or almost daily). That is: nearly 400 million people worldwide suffer headache pain nearly every single day.1
The bad news is that, when left unaddressed or untreated, headaches can be so painfully debilitating that they negatively impact nearly every aspect of overall life satisfaction.
The ‘good’ news is that the great majority of headaches are not a sign of serious illness. Plus, the frequency and severity of most headaches can be minimized or eliminated completely by addressing their root causes.
Common headache causes
We know that headaches can often be ‘triggered’ by many factors. Here are just a few:
Possible lifestyle causes include: Accounting for 95% of all headaches, known lifestyle and environmental factors2 include: alcohol consumption, noises, lights, dehydration, hunger, fatigue, stress and certain foods (including the infamous ‘ice cream’ headache).
Possible physical and secondary causes3 include: Anything from influenza, medication side effects, sinus, ear and dental infections to panic attacks, stroke, brain clot (aneurysm) and brain tumors. And physical factors can range from a temporary illness to genetics predisposition.
Included in the ‘physical’ causes are a couple that are of special interest to us in the chiropractic field: 1) tension headaches and 2) headaches that originate in the neck.
Research (and our personal experience) suggests that chiropractic care can be especially effective in addressing migraine headaches and ‘referred’ pains that manifest in one area — but the source can be traced to some other parts of the body where the the actual problem lies. In fact, the large majority of headaches today are actually a symptom of tension in the neck. And this makes sense as many of us have become more sedentary, spending a large part of our days sitting in front of a computer.4
How can chiropractic services help minimize, relieve, or eliminate headaches?
Chiropractic treatments and tips for headache management include:
Exercise and Nutritional consultation
Posture and Ergonomic factors can be addressed
Sleep and Relaxation tips can be discussed.
Whether you are someone who experiences headaches or other pains and health concerns that prevent you from enjoying life to the fullest, please don’t suffer another day. Make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Meyers to see what safe but effective solutions or suggestions his office can provide.