Chiropractic is great for those struggling with headaches, in fact, it is one of the top three reasons patients present to our office along with back pain and neck pain. For some, headaches have become something they just “deal with” and are what they consider a normal part of their life. The important thing to remember is that headaches are a sign that SOMETHING IS WRONG! Headaches shouldn’t become a normal part of life, in fact we’ve had some patients that have never had a headache in their whole life. Can you imagine not even knowing what a headache feels like because you’ve never had one? Sounds great, right? Today, lets look at a specific and common type of headache, the suboccipital headache.
Headaches are very common. In fact, Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches and a lot of these cases are due to tension. Many people turn to NSAIDs to relieve their pain. NSAIDs are over the counter medications which include ibuprofen (such as Advil) and aspirin. We know, however, that NSAIDs have their own risks including liver and kidney damage, stomach ulcers, heart problems, etc. Let’s look at some better, natural ways that headaches can be relieved.
1. Chiropractic Adjustments
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 headache than a commonly prescribed medication. This is such an easy fix!
2. Take a break
If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.
Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.
4. Avoid clenching your teeth
The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.
Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.
Try these 5 natural remedies to help relieve tension headaches and notice the difference you will feel!