Treating Headaches & Neck Pain
One of the greatest dangers of recurring headaches is that they something to be ignored, assuming they will go away. What patients forget is that a headache is a symptom, and it is one of the most potent warning signs used by the human body. Popping pills may help temporarily, but, unfortunately, that only provides false sense of security. Often there are simple explanations: you may have eaten too much, drunk too much, or been irregular in your habits. The return to normal, desirable habits could stop the nagging headaches.
If the headaches persist, it may be a warning of a more serious problem, such as heart or kidney trouble, digestive disorders, or high blood pressure. However, one of the most common causes of headaches is a pinched nerve caused by a misalignment of vertebrae in your neck.
If a headache occurs frequently call Beach Pain Center right away. By asking you a series of questions, our medical and chiropractic team can better diagnose the exact cause of your headache.
If it’s a symptom caused by eye strain, it will probably be centered in the eye and visual area center at the back of the head. If it’s a symptom of high blood pressure, it will probably center in the top or front of the head. If your headache is caused by a pinched nerve, our doctors will be able to help you with gentle chiropractic treatment.
EARLY DETECTION OF HEAD AND NECK INJURIES
- Do you have frequent headaches?
- Do you have numbing or tingling of the arms or hands?
- Do you have chronic tension in the shoulder area?
- Do you have symptoms in between the shoulder blades?
- Do you wake up with stiff and sore muscles?
- Do you have poor posture?
If your answer to several of these questions is “Yes,” you may be suffering from a misalignment or subluxation in the head or neck areas. All the above are symptoms of head and neck problems, but are also common to other disease conditions. A chiropractic spine and nerve examination is advisable to determine where the problem lies.
In viewing the human skeletal structure, it is awesome to contemplate the body’s ability to hold itself upright. We are amazed at the various weight-bearing joints in the body, and the number of pounds that these joints support. Some skeletal bones act as support structures while others, such as the ribs or skull, protect the internal organs.
Our doctors direct their attention to the spinal column, because it is, in every sense, the “backbone” of the body. It literally anchors, directly or indirectly, every other bone in the body. The neck is comprised of seven individual small bones collectively known as the cervical spine. Your neck gives full support to the head, which contains 22 bones of its own and has an average weight of 14 pounds. It would be difficult for any of us to imagine ourselves carrying the weight of a bowling ball around with us all day long, yet this is the average load that our neck, with its intricate mixture of bones and muscles, supports constantly.
The bones of the neck are arranged in a pattern and structure to support the head. A delicate curvature must be maintained at all times to allow clear channel for the passage of the vital spinal cord, which travels through the center of the neck bones and the equally important nerves that exit the cord between these bones. The curve of the neck also plays a part in determining the overall shape and structure of the rest of the spine, affecting the entire skeleton and its ability to maintain balance.
In daily life, our cervical spine sustains a variety of insults. These may range from a small jarring slip on the sidewalk to a whiplash incurred by the impact of a collision. Even our posture as we sit and stand, and the way we carry our head in general, will demand very specific actions of the neck muscles and bones. Often, stress and tension will cause tightening of the shoulder and neck muscles. These various insults and actions may cause the bones of the neck to move slightly out of proper alignment with one another, thus affecting the normal curve.
Make an appointment or call 817-831-3388 to experience the difference our doctors make in making the headaches go away!