- Headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system.
- It has been estimated that 47% of the adult population have headaches at least once within the last year.
- Headache disorders are directly connected to: personal and societal burdens, disability, damaged quality of life, financial cost, and cut across all socio-economic, gender, age, and race lines.
- Only a small percentage of individuals who suffer from headache disorders, world-wide, receive a proper diagnosis from their health care provider.
- Headaches have been underestimated, under-recognized, and under-treated throughout the world.
Common Causes of Headaches
- “Headaches are frequently caused by compression of cervical nerve roots and prolonged tension of the neck muscles.” Basic Neurology
- “Headaches are more frequently caused by spinal stress than any other condition.” Journal of Occupational Trauma
- “Over 70% of all headaches arise from problems with the cervical spine and its related structures.” Canadian Family Physician
Could dysfunction in your neck be the source of your headaches?
“Most tension headaches can be helped by taking pain relievers such as aspirin, Aleve, Tylenol, or Advil. But be careful! Taking too many of these easy-to-buy pills is a major cause of new, more-difficult-to-treat headaches called rebound or pain reliever-induced headaches. If you need to take these drugs often, see your health care provider.” WebMD.com
Acetaminophen overdose: Taking too much acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States. Acute liver failure can occur if you take a very large dose of acetaminophen all at once, or it can occur if you take higher-than-recommended doses every day for several days, especially in people with chronic liver disease. www.mayoclinic.org
Ibuprofen overdose: The most common side effects from ibuprofen are rash, ringing in the ears, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation and heartburn. hypertension and heart failure have also been associated with the use of NSAIDs. www.medicinenet.com
Chiropractic and Headaches
A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that “spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headaches than commonly prescribed medications.” These findings support an earlier study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that found spinal manipulative therapy to be very effective for treating tension headaches.
This study also found that those who stopped chiropractic treatment after four weeks continued to experience a sustained benefit in contrast to those patients who received pain medication.
Dr. Hanson’s Headache-Relief Results
“Chiropractic care has been absolutely life changing for me. I had been suffering from debilitating migraines and nausea due to a car accident I was in. For almost a year, I was unable to do cardio exercise without getting a severe headache that would generally last 10-12 hours. I had been to see a doctor several times, but they were unable to find a solution that worked for me. A friend of mine suggested that I go see a chiropractor. After the first month of adjustments, my nausea went away and my headaches became less frequent and less severe. Now, after several months of treatment, my headaches and nausea have completely disappeared! I have my life back, and couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend chiropractic care for anyone with chronic headaches or migraines.” > Sam <
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