Headache and migraine are among the most common and debilitating conditions that exist in society today. They create a whole range of issues for sufferers, especially a huge loss in productivity for those who suffer with them. While there are more than 56 classifications of headaches according to the International Classification of Headache Disorders, today we will talk about the most common types of headache seen in our practice, and our approach to helping you manage your headaches.
These joint restrictions and tight muscles can be caused by many different things, but most often, we see poor posture (rounded shoulders and head dropped forward) as a major factor. This poor posture often occurs when you are on a screen, whether working at your desk or on a laptop, or using your phone.
There are lots of small changes that make a big difference when altering your posture, so don’t forget to ask us for some ergonomic tips next time you are in for an adjustment!
When you come into our practice with headaches, we will ask lots of questions about your headache to make sure we know what is happening for you. We will then do an assessment, which involves checking your posture, range of movement in your neck and palpation (touching your neck and back to feel restrictions or tight muscles). We then work with you to create a plan to reduce your headaches, involving chiropractic care and home stretches and exercises.
Evidence suggests that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches. So if you have headaches or migraine, consider chiropractic care to help you manage this debilitating condition. And remember, just because headaches are common, doesn’t mean they are normal!
Bryans R, Descarreaux M, Duranleau M, et al. Evidence based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headache. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2011; 34: 274-89.
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