Headaches & Migraines

Pain in your head is coming from your neck?  Yes, it often does! I would say from clinical experience that 90% of headaches come from the neck and shoulders.  As I discussed in other tabs on my website (Low Back Pain, Pregnancy, Sciatica) any tissue can be a pain generator.

If we over fatigue, stretch or press on structures in the neck and shoulders, they can and will refer pain into the head, eyes and face.  There are multiple trigger points on the neck and shoulder muscles that can generate headaches just by squeezing them with very little pressure.

The reason that we have headache type pain from this squeezing pressure is because the nerves that come from these areas are represented in the brain in an overlapping manner.  It is similar to a radio station that is in between two stations and you hear both of them at once.

Your brain chooses the area that usually is represented more often or has more experiences.  Either way, when we apply Chiropractic Adjustments to these areas, we can get less inflammation in these joints, nerves, muscles, etc. and the muscles typically relax.

The affect is that nerves operate more efficiently as well as the muscles and structures that are nearby.  Less inflammation and more efficiency means that we have decreased symptoms and in this case headaches and migraines.

Migraines are usually thought of as being very intense types of headaches, but they can have the same basis as the tension type of headaches discussed above or even brain irritation.  Many times migraines are thought to have a blood vessel origin that is either being compressed or engorged.  We know that having less inflammation in the neck and shoulders in these instances can also be a way to get relief.  Chiropractic adjustments have been useful in alleviating many sources of headaches and migraines because they are attacking the roots of these pressures.

Chiropractic can help, let’s set up a convenient time to show you what your new life can be like, pain and symptom free.  Your best mobility is a click or call away!