What Causes Headaches?
Headaches have many causes. The medical literature refers to “triggers” that include foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and behaviors like insomnia, excessive exercise, or blood sugar changes. About 5 percent of all headaches are warning signals caused by systemic problems like high blood pressure. The remaining 95 percent of headaches are considered primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches.
The majority of primary headaches seen in a chiropractor’s office are associated with muscle tension in the neck, mostly due to sedentary activities, or posture problems from spending too much time looking down texting or sitting in front of a poorly adjusted computer monitor.
Other headaches associated with muscle tension can be due to actual spinal problems in the neck like spinal subluxations, pinched nerves, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, or joint irritation.
What Can the Doctors at Deutsch Chiropractic Do?
Thirty-five years of experience, backed by research, shows that spinal manipulation is an effective treatment option for headaches that originate in the neck.
As with any person we see in the office, our first step is to make sure you’re in the right place (we think all doctors should do this!) by performing a thorough history and examination to reach a diagnosis and understanding of the causes and triggers of your headaches.
Once the cause of your headache is understood, treatment options are discussed.
If appropriate in your case, your treatment plan may include one or more of the following: nutritional advice, dietary recommendations, acupuncture, ergonomic advice (home or work postures), soft tissue therapies, chiropractic adjusting, exercises and relaxation techniques. If your problem is not something we can help, we will refer you to the specialist that can.
Dr. Fred and Dr. Kathleen understand headache origin and have experience working with patients like you in the Watertown area to relieve the pain from headache.
Contact Deutsch Chiropractic for care of your headaches.