Most people experience trauma at some point in their lives and that can cause them to develop occasional or chronic headaches. Cephalgia or a headache is a general term for pain around the regions of the face and skull that can have a wide variety of causes. These causes can range from something simple like sinusitis due to a cold or the flu, or more serious like brain tumors or meningitis.
Along with being one of the most common of all medical complaints, headaches are one of the leading causes of medical care visits in the United States. Fortunately, over ninety-five percent of headaches are caused by ‘benign’ or non-life threatening problems. Most of these are labeled as tension or migraine headaches. Both are painful and stress inducing. The best way to deal with them is to see a National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA Bellevue Chiropractor).
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association method for the treatment of headaches is well known, gentle and effective. It is a technique which employs a very low force adjustment with controlled contact to the first cervical (neck) vertebra or the ‘atlas’. The atlas is the first bone in the spine and is quite unique in that it has the ability to swivel or rotate on the second vertebra, or ‘axis’. This uniqueness gives humans the ability to freely turn their heads to the left and right. When the Atlas is misaligned or ‘subluxated’ we can get headaches from the pressure that this special bone puts on the delicate spinal nerves and the all-important spinal cord.
Misalignments of the atlas can cause spasms and inflammation to occur within the muscles of the neck and head, putting them under constant elevated tension. This makes a person more prone to headaches. NUCCA chiropractors use a soft, but prolonged force to the atlas that will help to place it back it its normal position. That takes the pressure off of the spinal nerves and spinal cord and reduces the tension and inflammation that is the root cause of many headaches.
Common causes of tension headaches include reading, sewing, and other activities during which the head is flexed forward (looking down) for prolonged periods. Driving and computer work can aggravate the spine due to the often poor ergonomics of such activities.
Whether you are suffering from occasional or chronic headaches, the best thing to do is to see your NUCCA Chiropractor for an exam and some x-rays to determine a course of treatment. When problems like Subluxations are not treated, they can become progressively worse over time and cause more headaches. It is better to take care of the problem now and ensure fewer problems in the future.
Dr. Justin Schallmann, DC and Dr. Traci Grandfield, DC are NUCCA Chiropractors. They can help to provide relief to individuals suffering from headaches, other aches and pain through gentle, safe and holistic treatments. These doctors have developed programs that address the immediate pain as well as provide the education, training, and care that will help their patients achieve greater long-term health and wellness.
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152nd Ave NE, Bldg. #4
Redmond, WA 98052