Monday, January 20, 2020

Chiropractic Care and Headaches


Headache, one of the most common complaints affecting 20% of the Dutch population at least once a week. One may suffer from various types of headache. The most common types are: tension headaches and migraines. In addition, you may suffer from cluster headaches, hormonal headaches or facial pain. 

Do you suffer from constant or severe headaches? If so, you may do what most people do, reach for the medicine cabinet. Yes, most over-the-counter products can relieve headache pains, but that relief is short-lived. Instead of masking the pain with over-the-counter products, seek a true cause of why your body is trying to tell you something. Experiencing pain such as headaches can be debilitating.

What is chiropractic care?  It is a field of natural healthcare specialized to remove interference to the nervous system. Traditional physicians rely on their knowledge, medical tools, and medication to treat pain. Chiropractors focus on removing interference to your nervous system by using their hands.

Doesn’t a chiropractor only specialize in back pains? This is a common misconception. Chiropractors specialize in no symptom or sickness, however they focus on restoring ease and function to the spine and nervous system and have a look at your lifestyle in order to stop you recreating similar harmful patterns causing subluxations.Through improving our function of the spine, this impacts our nervous system and therefore our health.

Why should you see a chiropractor if you suffer from severe or constant headaches?  Headaches have many causes. An inability to adapt to daily stressors is one of the main reasons, but there may be a more serious underlying problem. For example, those who have chronic muscle contractions may experience a subluxation, a cause of headaches. Car accident victims commonly suffer from whiplash. If improperly treated, this can also lead to headaches. Without locating the cause of the dysfunction and improving it, the pain will continue and it may get worse overtime.

How does chiropractic care help headaches?  By locating and correcting vertebral subluxation complexes the chiropractor alleviates the pressure from nerves, which should reduce headache pain and frequency.

Will the headaches stop after seeking chiropractic care?  Yes and no. First, it is important to remember that headaches are caused by many factors and not the focus of the chiropractor. Rather, the chiropractor is more concerned with the dysfunction in the spine - subluxations that are often present longer than we think. You and your chiropractor will work together to achieve better function of your spine and long-term pain relief. 

In short, headaches have many causes. Daily stress is not the only cause. Don’t mask the pain.  See what you can do to get long-term and long-lasting relief. So, the next time you get a severe, long-lasting, or recurring headache, don’t head to the medicine cabinet. Instead, make an appointment at and see what we can do for you.

Chiropractic Care and Headaches
Written by
Cobus Bosman
January 20, 2020