Headaches-Neck pain and upper back pain

Types of headaches and chiropractic solutions


Headache is defined as a pain arising from the head or upper neck of the body. The pain originates from the tissues and structures that surround the brain because the brain itself has no nerves that give rise to the sensation of pain (pain fibers).  Headaches can be due to a wide variety of causes such as stress, high blood pressure, tightness in muscles of the neck, a pinched nerve, and allergies.   The majority of headaches people experience are tension and migraine headaches.

Tension headaches-Tension type headaches are the most common, affecting upwards of 75% of all headache sufferers. Most people describe a tension headache as a constant dull, achy feeling either on one side or both sides of the head, often described as a feeling of a tight band or dull ache around the head or behind the eyes.  These headaches are the result of stress or poor posture,which stresses the spine and muscles in the upper back and neck.

Migraine headaches-these are caused by constriction of blood vessels in the brain followed by dilation of the vessels. When this dilation occurs there is a rapid increase of blood pressure inside the head which causes the pounding headache associated with it. Migraines can be triggered by chocolate, nitrites found in cold cuts,hot dogs, alcohol, excessive caffeine, cheese like brie or cheddar, sour cream and peanuts. if you suffer from migraines it is important to keep a food diary and correlate which foods cause headaches.

Sinus headaches-these are caused by inflammation of the sinuses, which inhibits the draining,causing pressure to build up .  Usually the pain is felt in the forehead, behind the eyes,and above the nose.  The sinus areas on the face will feel tender to touch and the pain is increased with movement. They are caused by colds, allergy responses and atmospheric conditions.

Chiropractic and headaches-regardless of the type of headache the damage to the muscles and other soft tissue of the neck is the same. Constant spasms result from long history of headaches. Relieving the muscle spasm and tension is the first mode of treatment. Spinal manipulation helps mobilize joints that have been stiffened by tight muscles. This causes pain relief and better movement of the neck. exechaIdentifying triggers for headaches is the next step in a treatment program, as this will help cut down on the frequency and severity of headaches.  You may be asked to fill out a diet and stress survey.  this helps us understand if food or certain social or environmental triggers are causing your headaches.  Food allergies can play a big part in the development of migraine headaches.  Sometimes simple avoidance of food triggers can substantially reduce headache outbreaks.

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