Chiropractic & Headaches
To about 20% of the population, headaches are more than an occasional discomfort, they are chronic or recurrent. They are the biggest single cause of absenteeism from both work and school.
Over 90% of the cause of headaches are from the musculoskeletal system. The causes of musculoskeletal problems are poor posture, faulty body mechanics, poor diet, stressful living and loss of strength and flexibility. These factors cause vertebral subluxations (joint dysfunction).
After vertebral dysfunction has been found, the Chiropractor uses special techniques to correct the problem and relieve the stress. This procedure constitutes a chiropractic adjustment.
Common medical practice treats common headaches with painkillers or other drugs that ease the pain-at least temporarily. Evidence suggests that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches (head pain originating from the head). 1. Chiropractors are the only healing professionals who are trained to analyse spinal joint stress and dysfunction that are the prime cause of headaches. Spinal joint malfunction in the vertebrae of the neck places stress on the associated nerves, muscles, ligaments and other tissues.
Chiropractic spinal care is essential for anyone who suffers from headaches. This is to ensure that the spine is free from the effects of stress and unnatural wear and tear, permitting you to experience better health and well-being.
1. Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Chiropractic Treatment of Adults With Headache JMPT 34: 5, 2011, 274-289
Massage Therapy & Headaches
Many headaches are caused by tight muscles in the head, neck, and top of the shoulders. This type of headache is called a tension headache and may present with a tightness around the head or tension that spreads from the top of the shoulders into the base of the skull.
The highly specialised techniques our Massage Therapists use is called Trigger Point Therapy; which can effectively alleviate the pain and tension associated with tension headaches.
Tight muscles are identified and further investigated through palpation to search for ‘active’ trigger points. There are tight, painful knots that can cause referred pain to travel along the muscle and associated soft tissues. The technique applied to release these knots is sustained pressure that is held until the muscles release, gaining instant relief.
Stretching and other muscle lengthening techniques often accompany the release of trigger points to ensure that muscles are free from spasm. Referred pain and muscle tension are eased, encouraging optimal flexibility of the muscles.