Chiropractic Care to Relieve Headaches, Migraines, and TMJ
Cervical spine problems are the culprit in a majority of headache cases
One of the biggest health problems that Chiropractors see is headaches, and for good reason; millions of Americans suffer from headaches every day. Headaches are so common that there are even different names for different types of headaches, including tension headaches, sinus headaches, cluster headaches, migraine headaches and others.
Luckily, Chiropractic Care is one of the very best treatments for headaches. It’s natural, drug-free and safe, and can prevent future headaches too. The more important question, however, is this; what causes headaches?
Causes of Headaches Related to the Spine
The start of most headaches begins with outside forces. Car accidents that cause whiplash, poor posture from staring down at a computer screen for hours every day, slips and falls, and concussive accidents that happen when someone plays football and other violent sports.
All of these violent actions, and more, force the 7 cervical vertebrae of the neck to become subluxated (misaligned), putting pressure on the nerves and causing muscle tension, spasm and stress. The normal curvature of the cervical spine, the lordotic curve, can also be damaged which, frankly, is a very severe problem. Chiropractors, and many medical doctors as well, believe that the cervical curve is extremely important to overall health and wellness.
Over time, if these subluxations and the lordotic curve aren’t corrected, the vertebral discs between the vertebrae can begin to break down and, as more time passes, the vertebra themselves begin to break down also, putting severe pressure on the nerves and causing severe headaches, neck pain, eye spasms, hearing problems, tinnitus and, unfortunately, other health problems that can be quite painful. There’s even a name for the type of headache caused by this; cervicogenic headache. Subluxated vertebrae can even cause temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) of the jaw, where the jaw clicks when a person opens their mouth.
The good news is that Chiropractors are cervical spine specialists, and can address these painful problems using specific, safe chiropractic adjustments to realign the vertebrae, correct the cervical lordotic curve and put an end to all these headache problems and pain. Chiropractors also use cervical traction and decompression devices to help correct the lordotic curve. This combination has proven to help millions of patients suffering from all the different types of headaches, as well as neck pain, vision and hearing problems and a host of other painful conditions.
If you’re suffering from any type of headache chiropractic should be your first choice, especially after an auto accident, fall or sports injury. Plus, when those nasty, painful, day-ruining headaches are gone, regular chiropractic adjustments can make sure that they don’t come back.