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Headaches...Why Me?

Most people have experienced a headache in their lifetime but what causes them and why do some people get them worse than others? Tension, migraine, cluster, sinus, TMJ…the list goes on for the different types. While some causes of headaches can be quite serious and quite complex, we are going to focus on the two most common types: tension and migraine headaches.Tension headaches are a result of tight muscles of the upper back, neck, and head. This tightness may stem from physical or emotional stress, poor posture, overuse, or misalignment of the spine (spinal subluxation). Most people know that massaging the area can help to relieve tension but few people understand the concept of getting spinal adjustments in addition to massage. Whether the bones (joints) are the primary problem or the muscles are the culprit, they go hand in hand since muscles are connected to bones. Tight muscles pull on the bones they are connected to. Similarly, when bones are out of place and not moving properly, the surrounding muscles will react, causing tightness or even weakness. Chiropractic care can help to not only correct the problem, but also teach you how to avoid similar problems in the future. Migraine headaches, on the other hand, are vascular headaches. They are often genetic and have certain triggers such as hormonal changes, food, stress, and even changes in the weather. Migraine headaches, unlike tension headaches, may be accompanied by visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and slurred speech. The key to treating migraine headaches is determining the triggers. Keeping a headache diary can help to pinpoint specific causes. Medical attention needs to be sought immediately if you experience a sudden onset of pain that is worse than you have ever experienced, if a fever and stiff neck are accompanied, or if you recently experienced head trauma.

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