A Real Pain in the Neck
According to the National Headache Foundation, almost 50 million people suffer from chronic headaches. More than 37 million people suffer from migraine headaches. Women have three times more migraines than men do. People also suffer from other types of headaches: sinus, cluster, tension, mixed headache sydrome (aka transformed migraines), acute headaches, hormone headaches and chronic progressive headaches.
Many people are content to treat headaches with drugs. While this may appear to be solving the problem, it is the equivalent of turning off a loud fire alarm and never looking for a fire. Headaches are symptoms! Symptoms are warning signs the human body has built in that are telling us something is wrong, find out what it is and fix it. By treating headaches as symptoms, often times, we overlook the
cause of why they are there in the first place. As a result, this “cause” is allowed to continue to create negative effects to the body. The damage accumulates and more serious dis-ease states occur. There are also side effects to all drugs. Acetaminophen, commonly taken for headaches, is the number one cause of liver failure in the United States according to WebMD.
Chiropractors do not diagnose the different types of headaches or treat them. A Doctor of Chiropractic spends thousands of hours learning human anatomy. His education is intense on the spine and nervous system. He will examine the entire spine; including the C1 vertebra, C2 vertebra and C3 vertebra; looking for VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATIONS. Subluxations interfere with the normal flow of nerve impulses. When part of the body is not receiving its proper nerve supply (CAUSE), it starts to FUNCTION ABNORMALLY and build itself sick (TISSUE DAMAGE) and ultimately can result in the third stage of dis-ease (SYMPTOMS). Most people initially seek chiropractic care for their symptoms. They find that with time and repetition of gentle chiropractic adjustments, their body starts to return to NORMAL FUNCTION. As their body functions better, it starts to heal and their headaches and other dis-eases start to improve.