The human body uses the nervous system to send messages throughout the body and to make sure everything is working correctly. Headaches result when the nervous system cannot function properly. The nervous system can be disrupted by anything as serious as a brain tumor or bursting blood vessel to something as common as an irritated nerve or tight muscle.
Serious issues like tumors and bursting blood vessels should be treated immediately by a surgeon. Headaches caused by irritated nerves or muscles (aka functional headaches) can be treated by a chiropractor. Functional headaches are your body’s way of telling you that there is a functional problem that needs to get fixed.
Don’t cover up the pain
Taking ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen are common responses to having headaches. Other common responses include “sleeping off” the pain or simply waiting for the headache to pass. Although these “treatments” get rid of temporary pain, they do not eliminate the root cause. As a result, these headaches are likely to return in the future and cause more suffering down the road. Medicine merely covers up the problem; it doesn’t solve it.
Taking these over-the-counter pain relievers too frequently can also be damaging to your health. Ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen – if taken too often – can lead to ulcers, increased risk in bleeding, kidney damage, cardiovascular damage, and – according to recent studies – long-term hearing loss.
Many people are surprised to learn that reoccurring headaches can be the result of untreated injuries and pains. Here are some common, chiropractic-treatable sources of headache pain:
These injuries are common in people that have been involved in auto accidents, physical abuse or assault, or have played contact sports. Sometimes people involved in accidents or in sports don’t even realize they might have had a whiplash injury. Not treating a whiplash injury can result in a pain around the lower part of the skull.
Cervical spine misalignments.
These misalignments are more common in people at birth due to various disorders such as platybasia, but they can also be acquired through rheumatoid arthritis, severe infections and allergies, and stress.
Lack of proper spine exercise.
Many people are unaware how far just a little bit of exercise for the spine can go. All systems in the human body are connected. The muscular-skeletal system is deeply connected with the nervous system. It is important to increase the blood flow to the back and strengthen the back muscles to ensure that these systems are working together well.
A chiropractor can teach you spine exercises in person and can help correct this issue. Exercising the spine can decrease the number of headaches an individual has and can prevent future one from reoccurring.
Dr. Robert Hausman is a chiropractor in the Austin area. He enjoys helping people with their neck, back or headaches problems through chiropractic care. He also helps through corrective excersices and massage therapy to help strenghen and relax the muscles. Dr. Hausman also enjoys be active and participates in marathons or practices yoga and other activities.