According to the latest medical research, 9% of men and 12% of women in America experience at least 1-2 headache episodes every single month. That’s a headache every other day. What’s more, over 4% of the U.S. population suffers from frequent headaches, meaning experiencing a headache at least 180 days a year. Between daily stress, logging hours staring at digital screens and other emotional factors, headaches have become a social and economic problem in the United States, as well as all parts of the world.
Scientists have identified over 300 causes for headaches. Different pain-sensitive structures, tissues and nerve centers including the skin, subcutaneous tissue, arteries, muscles, periosteal bone covering, and the facial nerves and upper cervical produce a headache when irritated or injured. Fortunately, only a handful of causes are directly responsible for the majority of headaches.
The most common of these headaches include:
- Cervicogenic: Problems within the neck
- Muscle-tension: Neck and upper back muscular spasms
- Post-traumatic: Following head/neck trauma, i.e. whiplash
- Drug-induced: From analgesic overuse
Chiropractors successfully help thousands of individuals everyday obtain safe, drug-free, effective, long-term relief from headaches. Chiropractors are able to do this because most migraines have a spinal, habitual or muscular component that the chiropractor has been trained to diagnose, treat and manipulate. According to surveys, 10-25% of patients seek chiropractic care to relief the headache.
If you suffer from headaches, chiropractic adjustments and massage are safe and effective alternates to cure your body without the use of medication. Each individual headache is unique with different causes and factors coming into play that require different healing techniques. Integrated Chiropractic takes the time to evaluate patients symptoms, complaints and possible causes before diagnosing and treating the patient. Manipulation of the upper cervical vertebrae, as well as adjustments of the thoracic spine, have helped many patients heal from a headache, especially a tension headache.