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Headaches occur in nearly all ages and walks of life.
There are many types of headaches from sinus to migraines to toxic
to the most common type, the tension or “stress” headache, which
accounts for about 90% of all headaches. Headaches are one of the
most common complaints people have- some estimates suggest 25% of
the population have one right now! The commonality of headaches make
many believe that they are a normal part of life, but in actuality
they a warning sign that there is a problem. Unfortunately the
common practice of suppressing these warning signals with pain
medication is becoming a multi-billion dollar industry. Often times
this practice of not addressing the cause and masking symptoms
exacerbates the problem by causing what is known as the rebound
effect. Even common medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen and
Tylenol taken as little as 2 times per week can lead to rebound
headaches. Pain receptors are desensitized by pain medications, and
when these chemicals wear off the pain receptors become
hypersensitive leading to more frequent meds at higher doses. There
are numerous reports of people progressing up to 50 tablets per day
for rebound headaches.
Chiropractic and Headaches
It is common
knowledge that chiropractic helps headaches. We are not interested
in suppressing headaches, but in finding their cause. A team of
surgeons has recently discovered that the membranes covering the
brain actually attach directly to small muscles of the neck. They
conclude, “An increasing body of literature relates headaches to
pathology affecting the cervical spine and a number of clinical
trials have demonstrated that chiropractic…is valuable for managing
headaches.” One study of 6000 headache sufferers (2-25 years of age)
revealed that neck injury was a common link and should be suspected
in every nonspecific case of headache. Chiropractic offers a safe
and specific means of reducing irritation in the neck which can
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- Hack, GD, The anatomic basis for the effectiveness of chiropractic spinal manipulation in treating headache. Abstracts from the 15th annual upper cervical spine conference. Nov. 21-22, 1998. CRJ 199:VI(1).
- Hack, GD, et al. Anatomic relationship between the rectus capitis posterior minor muscle and the dura mater. Spine, Vol. 20, No. 23; 2484-2486.
- Bitter pills; are your headaches triggered by your medicine? ABCnews.com, July 23, 2003. .