Headaches are kind of a fact of life – right up there with taxes. Throughout your life, you’ll probably experience many headaches, but most of them can be treated or even avoided altogether by following just a few simple tips. Here is what you need to know about headaches and how your chiropractor may be able to help.
Where Are They Coming From?
The first thing you need to do to treat and avoid a headache is to figure out where they may be coming from. Do you have sinus problems? Have you been sick or had recent dental work? You need to help your chiropractor rule out an infection as the source of your headache so that you can move forward and get some help. If it is an infection it may require treatment beyond a chiropractic adjustment.
Most commonly, chiropractors see headaches that are rooted in problems with the neck. If you spend a lot of time on electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets or laptops, then your problem may be something called “text neck.” Text neck is basically an issue with the muscles in your neck that are being made to support an unnatural forward head posture while looking down while texting. If you can eliminate your forward head posture and have your chiropractor adjust everything back into place, then you can probably eliminate a headache.
How Regular Chiropractic Adjustments Help
Regular chiropractic adjustments can help with headaches that are rooted in musculoskeletal issues. If you’re not aligned properly then it may be throwing your body out of balance, causing your muscles to compensate. This overcompensation can lead to tightness and reduced mobility, and that can lead directly to a headache. In order to improve your body’s balance and spinal mobility you need regular chiropractic adjustments!
Exercises Can Help
One way you can address headaches as they are happening is through a few simple exercises. You can:
- Pinch your shoulder blades together by stretching them back and down. Most people pull their shoulders toward their ears when experiencing pain and that may only serve to make the problem worse.
- Stand against a wall with your head, shoulders, wrists, buttocks and heels pressed against the wall. Look straight ahead – this can help you to line up and get some relief and it’s a great way to be more aware of the posture that can lead to headaches over the course of a day.
If you have questions about headaches, don’t hesitate to speak with your chiropractor during your next visit to The Joint Chiropractic.
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