Many people struggle with headaches on a daily basis and most of those people have decided that headaches are something that they have to live with. That is not true at all. Headaches are a type of pain and pain is a sign of dysfunction. Dysfunction is not normal. The definition of dysfunction according to Merriam-Webster says: “dysfunction is the state of being unable to function in a normal way.” So, if you suffer from headaches, something in your body is not functioning normally.
There are two types of headaches: primary and secondary.
Primary headache examples are:
- Tension headaches
- Cervicogenic headaches
- Cluster headaches
- Exertion headaches
These headaches are considered primary because they are not a symptom of an underlying disease but are instead caused by an underlying dysfunction. In a migraine, the underlying cause may be a blood flow issue or in a tension headache the cause could be muscular imbalance. Research has been done in many instances to determine causes and solutions to headaches. A study done by Gary Hack discovered that there is a muscle that attaches to the surrounding tissues of the spinal cord and the brain. This tissue, known as the dura mater, is highly pain-sensitive and when muscles in the neck are tight the added tension on the dura may be the underlying cause of headaches.
Secondary headaches are due to a specific underlying disease process and has much more underlying dysfunction related to it than a primary headache.
Chiropractic care is about finding the underlying cause of your pain and dysfunction. A thorough examination will build a strong foundation to find the cause so it can be treated effectively. Chiropractic care will help restore balance, mobility, nerve flow, blood flow, and release pressure on the muscles and ligaments that support the structure of the body. A study done at Duke University examined the different treatments for people who suffer from headaches. This study discovered that the people who were treated with spinal manipulation found immediate improvement in their headaches and after 4 weeks were much more improved than those treated with medication.
Check out the two links below to read more information found in the two studies mentioned above and to find out more information about the different types of headaches and how chiropractic care can help, call Chiropractic Health Center in Greenville, South Carolina at (864) 516-8917.