What puts the ache in headache? Contrary to popular belief, it does not come from your brain seeing as your brain cannot feel pain. In fact, the ache comes from the non-brain structures in your body: blood vessels, membranes, and cranial nerves in the brain and skull. When these structures are stretched, compressed, irritated, inflamed, or infected, headaches often result.
Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained to analyze your body for a serious and often ignored condition that can damage many facets of your body including:
- Nerve damage
- Cause muscles to knot
- Cause tissue inflammation
- Cause muscles to tighten
- Weaken your body
- Cause fatigue
- Immune system
What is this condition? It is called a subluxation. A subluxation is a tiny distortion or misalignment in your spine and structural system that stresses your nervous system. Subluxations can be silently causing harm to your body – sometimes for years – without your knowledge. That is why it is so important to see a chiropractor regularly!
What causes subluxations? Any physical or emotional stress that your body cannot withstand can cause your spine and structural system to develop a subluxation.
Your chiropractor will determine if you have a subluxation using their hands through what is called palpation, x-ray analysis, sEMG (surface electromyography), orthopedic & neurological tests, and other instruments. If you do have a subluxation, your chiropractor will give you a safe, gentle correction or adjustment over a series of medically necessary visits. This will help correct the spinal subluxation and relieve the pressure on your structural system, nerves, and brain helping your body to function optimally.
According to Dr. Sam Chong, Consultant Neurologist, King’s College Hospital: “It is well recognized that post traumatic headache (PTH) is a common symptom after injuries to the head or neck…Trauma can exacerbate a pre-existing headache condition or it can bring on a headache in someone who has never experienced this before.”
At the University of Odense, Denmark, those under chiropractic care decreased their use of painkillers by 36% and the number of headache hours per day decreased by 69%.
And analysis of 47 studies of chiropractic for headaches, neck pan and upper back pain revealed that it took (on average) 7.7 visits to see a 46.5% improvement in these conditions and 17 visits to completely resolve them.
It has been said that the “DC” that comes after a Doctor of Chiropractic name that is also stands for “Doctor of Cause”. Why? Chiropractors correct the cause of a patient’s health problems, rather than give painkillers and other drugs which only mask the symptoms or suppress the disease symptoms and drive them deeper into illness.
A team of surgeons may have found one of the answers as to why chiropractic works so well. They discovered a small neck muscle that connects to brain membranes. When the neck is out of alignment, this muscle can actually pull on the brain! As the lead surgeon writes: “An increasing body of literature relates headaches to pathology affecting the cervical spine and a number of clinical trials have demonstrated that chiropractic…is valuable for managing headache.”
Anyone suffering from headaches (or any other condition) should make sure they are free from subluxations!