Do you suffer from headaches? If so, you are not alone. Roughly 45 million Americans suffer from headaches and 28 million of those are migraines. Headaches are so common that many people think they are normal. In fact, headaches are your body’s warning sign that something is not functioning properly.
There are many different types of headaches: tension, cluster, migraine, cervicogenic and muscle-contraction headaches to name a few. Many headaches are caused by vertebral misalignments that pinch the nerves of the neck. These misalignments will create muscle spasms of the cervical and suboccipital muscles. The nerve irritation from the misaligned vertebrae causes referred pain to the brain.
There are numerous factors that contribute to headaches including:
- Misaligned vertebrae
- Muscle spasm
- Bad Posture
- Loss of the curve of the neck
- Clenching jaw and/or grinding teeth
- Drug or alcohol intake
- Food sensitivity
- Disc herniations and bulges
- Chemical and/or hormonal imbalances
Figuring out the cause of your headaches is vital to correcting them.
Dr. Brandon Nevel, a Jupiter chiropractor, can diagnose the type of headache your are suffering from and determine the best treatment. Conservative management of many headaches include massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments. If your headache is caused by postural imbalances, physical therapy exercises to restore your neck curvature may be prescribed. Lifestyle and nutritional recommendations are also provided by Dr. Nevel if relevant.