Headaches are a very common problem that we treat at Kinney Chiropractic. 50% of people will suffer at least one headache per year. The main symptom of a headache can be described as some kind of pain in the head or face. 4% of the world’s population suffers with chronic headaches that occur 15 days or more per month.
Headache Causes can be from several different sources For example emotional headaches can stem from stress, anxiety or depression. Headaches can develop from a medical condition, like high blood pressure, vision or eye problems, or dehydration. Environmental factors can cause a headache like allergies, and certain weather conditions. But the most common cause of headaches that we see are from mechanical or physical stresses. Perhaps there is a history of injury or accidents. Maybe you have poor posture, or stare at a computer screen for 8 hours a day and don’t notice your poor biomechanics. Often we find dysfunction in the spine, nerve irritation, or tight muscles. Many people consider their Headaches as normal. They are a common problem, but headaches are not normal. A headache is usually a warning sign your body is giving you, telling you something is wrong.
If your headaches are coming from your spine not moving correctly or being out of alignment, they will not go away until you have your spine looked at and corrected. This is why Chiropractors specialize in headaches. 80% of headaches don’t actually come from the head…they come from the neck, and its important to find the root cause of the problem. Are the headaches originating from the muscles, joints, discs or something else?
A very common cause of headaches that we see more and more of is from what we like to call Tech Neck. The neck spine is supposed to have a 35-40 degree curve to the neck. With prolonged electronics usage, people looking down at phones or devices for long periods of time can start to lose that normal curvature of the spine. This puts tremendous stress on the joints, the discs and the nerves of the neck. This also makes the muscles of the enck have to work harder to hold the head upright. This constant neck stress causes headaches.
At Kinney Chiropractic, we specialize in helping patients with headaches. Once we have done a thorough consultation, examination and taken specialized digital xrays, we can develop a specific treatment plan to help not only get rid of your headaches and get you out of pain, but prevent headaches from returning.