Many people think the source of their headaches is, well, in their head. But headaches have many potential causes, which frequently include problems in the spine. For example, cervicogenic headaches are related to the cervical spine (neck). Compressed nerves in this area could be the source of your chronic headaches.
Ensuring spinal integrity is key to maintaining your health and preventing chronic headaches from arising. If your spine is in proper alignment, it’s able to act accordingly as the foundation for your support and central nervous systems.
Trust the team at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, Wallace, and Clinton, NC to provide the expert guidance you’re looking for to keep your spinal column in top working order. It could just be the secret to keeping your chronic headaches to a minimum.
The connection between headaches and your spine
Headaches are associated with common symptoms such as throbbing or pulsing pain, nausea, sensitivity to light, and a range of other issues. Depending on the severity of the headache, pain can also take many forms and feel like it’s coming from different places.
However, with cervicogenic headaches, pain at the base of the skull, the surrounding muscles, and connected to head/neck movement are common. These headaches are related to three nerves in the cervical spine sharing a pain nucleus with the trigeminal nerve. This root nerve is important because of its connection to the brain. A faulty nerve signal sent to the brain through this pathway interprets as pain in your head, hence a headache.
As compressions in your cervical spine become more severe, the signals transmitted to the brain via the trigeminal nerve and its offshoots become even more disrupted. Intermittent bursts are frequently attributed to the sharp pains of more severe headaches.
How chiropractic can resolve chronic headaches
A trained chiropractor knows that chronic headaches start in the cervical spine, and will work to pinpoint the exact area of concern (specific vertebrae). Cervicogenic headaches are particularly difficult to determine and may require several appointments for a proper diagnosis, as well as diagnostic imaging. Once the suspect vertebrae are determined, an adjustment plan to alleviate tension can be put in place.
Determining the precise cause of the headaches is critical to choosing the right treatment. Over-the-counter medications or prescription painkillers provide some temporary relief, but come with a host of side effects. Chiropractic, particularly the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) modality, is an individualized program designed to address unique concerns in each patient.
Treatment will often include spinal manipulation based on the nature of the compression. Correcting misalignments in the spine is key to ensuring a high level of central nervous system function. This treatment may provide relief to nerve compression causing the headaches. Studies have demonstrated the positive effects of spinal adjustments for relieving headaches. Therapeutic massage and exercise may also be recommended to relax and strengthen crucial muscle groups and restore blood flow. This allows nutrients to flow freely.
Absolving headaches for good
You don’t have to suffer from chronic headaches and shouldn’t live in fear of when the next one will strike. Talk with the seasoned professionals at Wilmington, Wallace, and Clinton, NC about how may be able to help. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation regarding your chronic headaches and to learn more about our revolutionary Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.