Headaches are a very common form of pain. In fact, they are one reason that people miss work or school. They are a prevalent reason for people to contact a primary care physician. A headache is defined as a pain in any area of the head.
They can occur on one or both sides of the head, be isolated, have a specific location, or radiate across the head from one point to the other. Some headaches feel as if a vice is squeezing the head. They can be dull and achy or severe and have a throbbing or pulsing sensation. Some headaches make the eyes water or the nose run. They can cause light and sound sensitivity. An aura may occur, which involves flashes of light seen before a headache hits.
Since headaches are so common, does that mean that they are normal? No! Headaches are a sign of an underlying problem.
What Can Be Done for Headaches?
One area of treatment that is seeing much success is that of upper cervical chiropractic care. We are specifically trained to help our patients cope with their headaches by looking for a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae.
A misalignment in either the atlas or the axis (the top two bones of the vertebrae) can cause the body to be off-balance. Because of the weight of the head (that can be up to 14 pounds), pressure is put on the spinal column and, in turn, on the brainstem. This causes the body and the brain not to communicate properly. Blood flow and cerebral spinal fluid are also hindered.
Once we are able to work with our patients to correct their specific misalignment through a proven, gentle, scientific technique, many have reported a reduction in their headache symptoms. Some have had their headaches go away entirely. This is because the head and the body are now in alignment and the spine is no longer being stressed.