Headaches and migraines are a major pain in the neck.
Years of practice experience have taught Hertfordshire Chiropractor Chris Pickard that a majority of headaches are caused by curable neck problems.
The Hertfordshire Chiropractor has also found that some migraines have been misdiagnosed and are also due to neck problems rather than vascular ones.
There are many types of headaches, the most common being ‘tension headaches’ which are the most likely to have spinal causes.
As the stress and tension of poor posture builds up in the neck it causes the shoulders, and the muscles at the back of the head to tense up. These muscles can then cause headaches in a number of ways. One is they directly refer pain to the head. Another is that they can pinch nerves going over the top of the head called the occipital nerves.
Massage can then relieve tension in the muscles and therefore ease the headaches.
If you have had headaches for a long time though it is likely that the neck joints themselves have become stiff. This means that while massage may relieve the headache, it does not work for long, or maybe not at all. The only way to get these joints moving again is with specific chiropractic adjustments.
Once the joints are moving again, corrective exercises can be given.
If the repeated stress in the muscles is caused by more emotional tension then relaxation techniques and other coping strategies will be needed, but chiropractic will help even these as it can help ‘turn off’ the stress receptors in the brain.
There are of course other causes of headaches other than neck problems that are also curable. These include jaw misalignments, nutritional deficiencies and poor breathing patterns. You can find more details about these on the website of Hertfordshire Chiropractor Chris Pickard – www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk
Even if you have tried chiropractic or osteopathy before, it could be worth calling the Pain relief Centre to see what they think.