Chiropractic for Neck Pain & Headaches
Are you suffering from neck pain, headaches or a migraine? Seeing a chiropractor for neck pain or headaches is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You don’t need to live in pain. Chiropractic adjustments are proven to be effective in the treatment of neck pain and headaches.
According to the World Health Organization fifty percent of the world population suffers from headaches. Five percent of headaches are symptoms of a larger physical problem or disease in the body. The other ninety-five percent are primary headaches.1 These include tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches.
While reaching for the ibuprofen might seem like an easy fix, it only hides the pain for a little while and if the root cause isn’t addressed then the pain comes back.
What causes headaches?
Primary headaches can be caused by many things including the types of food you eat, stress, lack of sleep, changes in blood sugar, and poor posture to name just a few. Many primary headaches though are caused or aggravated by tension in the neck, shoulders and upper back.
Your spine is made up of vertebrae. In between each vertebra are discs that cushion the vertebrae. Running through the spine are nerves. When the vertebrae in your neck are out of alignment, the soft tissues become irritated and put pressure on or irritate the nerves. This can cause head pain, neck pain and in some instances, pain in your mid back
What causes neck pain?
Neck misalignments that lead to pain can be caused by many things including poor posture like looking down at your cell phone all day. It can be caused by holding your neck in an awkward position like when you fall asleep on the couch with your head at an odd angle. Or, it can be caused by sleeping on your stomach and not properly supporting your head. Lastly, neck pain can be caused when your neck is forced beyond its normal range of motion due to a trauma or whiplash from a car accident.
How do chiropractors treat neck pain and headaches?
At Rock Solid Chiropractic we treat many patients suffering from neck pain and headaches. When you visit our clinic, we’ll start by asking you questions so that we can understand what kind of headache or neck pain you are experiencing. Next we’ll perform an examination to determine the source of your nerve interference causing your symptoms through range of motion, orthopedic and neurologic testing. Following the exam, we’ll take indicated x-rays to get a baseline picture of the vertebrae in your neck.
Using the information gathered in your exam and after looking at the x-rays we’ll identify the root cause of your pain. Knowing what is causing your neck or head pain, we can treat the underlying issues so that your headache or neck pain goes away and then maintain the improved condition, so symptoms don’t return. Adjustments are used to correct the neck (cervical) misalignments that are causing the nerve interference that then causes your neck pain or headaches. More than one chiropractic adjustment will be needed to realign the vertebrae.