Wednesday, January 20, 2010

HEADACHES

Headaches might be the most intolerable pain and discomfort that I can think of. The prevalance of headaches is unheard of. What could be worse than your head feeling like it is going to explode? The throbbing, the pounding, just make it stop!

Well let's examine the facts. Many headaches have an unknown etiology, meaning from no apparent cause. Researchers have identified many causes such as stress, alcohol, trauma, toxins, vision problems, and many many more. One cause that is rarely talked about is the condition called subluxation. This is where one or more bones in the spine is out of it's normal position. This misalignment puts pressure on the nerves that exit the sides of the bones creating interference, which leads to pain, symptoms and disease processes if it is allowed to go on for an extended period of time. Subluxation is correctable, and the only way is to see a chiropractor. There are no other health care professionals that can even tell what nerve interference is or a subluxation. Chiropractors can identify and correct this problem for you.

The major causes of subluxations are thoughts, trauma and toxins. These surround us everyday. As these subluxations persist, the internal structures and posture changes. When this is allowed to continue uncorrected the cervical nerves may become damaged. Many of these nerves control functions on the head and face. Even more of a concern is that the spinal cord runs from the brain down through the inside of the neck bones to the low back. As your posture continues to decline many headache patients experience forward head posture. Forward head posture means that your head translates forward from it's normal position. This can be seen and measured by observing someone from the side and looking at the position of the ear as compared to the shoulder. If you run a pen from the shoulder the ear should intersect it. If it is forward of the pen then this person has forward head posture. Forward head posture adds 10lbs of pressure to the lower portion of the neck where it connects to the upper back for every inch it goes forward. If you already have a 15 pound head that needs to be supported and you add more weight to it, that places a significant amount of stress on body and supporting tissues which in many cases triggers chronic headaches!

The most common treatments include medications and chiropractic care. Most people reach for the over the counter medications almost immediately. This has become an epidemic in many cases. We see patients that have literal pharmacies in their purses. This does not correct the problem it only chases away the symptoms and actually creates more problems. The most common being liver conditions and stomach problems. Many people do make their way to a chiropractors office to get relief care, and that is a great place to go. The problem is that most people use chiropractic care as a bandaid, only visiting a doctor of chiropractic when they are having a significant event.

The better option would be to get under consistent care and work on correcting the problem. Your chiropractor can put you on one of these correction plans and it does work. I do it everyday! The people that stick to the recommendations get the best results in the least amount of time for the least amount of money! Doesn't that sound like a winner? Absolutely.

So you decide, chase away the symptoms and create more symptoms, or correct the cause of the problem for good.

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