Headaches & Migraines
There are a number of reasons for headaches and the more dire causes need to be ruled out before a program of adjusting can begin. Red flags exist with headaches that should trigger you to seek emergency care with your medical facility of choice. A couple of those include: weakness or numbness on one side of the body, facial drooping on one side of the face only, having the worst headache of your life when you normally have only mild or moderate headaches occasionally. As you may have guessed by the opening words of caution, headaches are not to be taken for granted.
Headaches come in many forms and can have different presentations. The most common is the tension or stress headache. This is brought on by tight muscles around the head or neck. As the muscles cramp, lactic acid is released and the blood becomes somewhat toxic. There is the cervicogenic headache where the upper neck is out of place, causing tension in the dura mater (outer covering of the brain and spinal cord) that leads to alterations of blood flow and pulling on the stretch receptors embedded in the ligaments of the upper neck. There are many other migraine type of headaches. Headaches tend to run the gamut of pain ranges from very mild to extremely severe and debilitating. I know many people who, when they get a migraine, have to go into a dark, quiet room and try to sleep through the pain. Some migraines are so severe that they cause nausea and/or vomiting.
I treat the cause of some of the headaches. By that, I mean that I treat the upper neck with an adjustment, which frequently will relieve the stress on the dura mater or the ligaments and muscles of the upper neck, resulting in a decrease of some of the pain complex of the headaches. Many of the headaches that I see respond very well to some very specific adjustments of the upper neck and I can usually tell when the muscles of the neck start to relax. Once we see neck changes, most of the headache sufferers report that they begin to feel much better. I use a great deal of caution in seeing a headache sufferer for the first time because I don’t want to delay care for someone who has a more serious condition. I always encourage people under my care to seek co-care if they feel that they need it. I am always concerned about how you, the patient, are responding to treatments. I’d like to have the opportunity to see you, if you are having headaches.