Headaches: A Many-Faceted Problem
Your body is beautifully designed to be healthy. When problems occur, which your body cannot cope, it issues a “warning signal”, usually in the form of pain. Much like a “check engine” light in your car. It is simply telling you something is wrong. When you have pain, it is actually your friend telling you something is wrong.
Eighty percent (80%) of all headaches originate from the neck. With a typical cervicogenic (neck origin) headache, a person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull which radiates into the temples, eyeballs, and forehead.
There are many types of headaches.
Tension Headaches: These can be at the base of the skull and extend up over the head. This is sometimes due to an irritation of the suboccipital nerve, located at the base of the skull. This is a dysfunction of the spine and associated muscles irritating the nerves. These are usually accentuated by tension. The basic cause is not usually tension; rather it’s the abnormal function of the structures in the area.
Migraine Headache: The term is widely misused. It does not refer to the severity of the headache. The “true migraine” is caused by a disturbance of blood flow to the brain.. It is usually very severe and incapacitating, but it is possible to have a migraine that is not severe. It is also possible to have other kinds of headaches that are just as severe as a migraine. Symptoms may include visual disturbances, nausea, or both.
Toxic Headaches: These can result from chemical factors that are harmful to the body. These can either be inside or outside your body. Outside sources may be environmental such as insecticide, household chemicals, or chemicals at work. Inside sources might be an improper function of a major organ such as the bowels, kidneys, and liver. When one of these organs does not function properly, it fails to properly eliminate waste which can be toxic to the body and be presented as a headache.
Other headaches might be: cluster, sinus, visual, digestive, allergic to name a few.
Chiropractic can help eliminate the cause of your headaches rather than offering a temporary relief from these symptoms.