Chances are, you or someone you know have fallen victim to a headache in the past year. If you have, you’re not alone – nearly 50 percent of the population reports having experienced at least one headache every year, many of whom deal with dozens and dozens more.1 If you’ve ever experienced a headache you know how distracting and debilitating they can be. With that in mind, finding ways to treat these painful nuisances can help improve life for millions of people. Different approaches apply to different types of headaches, namely migraines, cluster headaches and headaches caused by an overuse of medication.
For the vast majority of people who suffer from headaches, tension headaches (often described as stress headaches), are the main culprits. Tension headaches can be identified by the mild-to-moderate pain they produce, pain that spreads across the entire head.
In an effort to treat the headaches affecting the most people, researchers often focus their efforts on conducting studies that can help provide relief to that large segment of the population. In 2014, a report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches.2 Researchers found that chiropractic care did indeed help improve the lives of those who deal with head pain on a regular basis.
There are things you can do to help prevent headaches like:
- If you use the computer for a large amount of time, take breaks and stretch every 30 minutes. Make sure to move your head and neck in a variety of range and motions.
- Low impact exercise like walking can help relieve the pain associated with headaches.
- Avoid teeth clenching. When you teeth clench, you add stress to your temporomandibular joints, which are the joints that connect your jaw to your skull. This can cause tension headaches.
- Drink several 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.
If you’ve tried these tips and still have headaches, your best bet is to visit a chiropractor. A chiropractor can perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function to alleviate stress on your system. A chiropractor can also provide advice on posture, exercises and relaxation techniques. This should help relieve the joint irritation and tension in the neck muscles and upper back muscles.
So, if you find yourself clutching at your head in pain, learning to deal with the constant stress-induced headaches plaguing so many people, chiropractic treatment may be a viable, effective and natural way to improve your daily life.
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