What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lay down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away?
If you have a headache, you are not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some can cause debilitating pain and nausea.
Tension headaches and migraines are the 2 most common kinds and some believe they are a subset of cervicogenic headaches (head pain brought on by a problem in the neck). These headaches make up roughly 90% of all headaches and they have numerous causes including stress, car accidents, sports injuries, and posture.
In general, these types of headaches are caused by increased muscle tension in the neck/upper back, misalignment of one or more of the cervical vertebrae (neck bones) or irritation/compression of the nerves or blood vessels of the neck.
Treatments vary but chiropractic care has proven to be very effective, if not the most effective. In fact, a study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. It showed that those who had chiropractic treatment for four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received other forms of care.
To find out how chiropractic may be helpful for your headaches, contact our St. Paul chiropractors at the McCarron Lake Chiropractic today or call us at (651) 489-6550.
I love the staff! I have been a patient for 12 years. I have chronic migraines and they keep me going! Everyone feels like family. They truly do care about my well-being.Sarah W.