Suffering from Constant Headaches? A Chiropractor Can Help

It is normal to have a headache every now and then because of stress, lack of sleep, hunger, weather changes or sinus issues.

In fact, nine out of ten Americans are reported to suffer from some form of headache on a daily basis.

However, it is not normal when a headache persists beyond a day or two. Living with a constant headache can be a nightmare. It can interfere with daily activities and significantly alter your quality of life.

How can you determine if your headache is normal? A doctor or a chiropractor can assess your symptoms and diagnose you with one of many different types of headaches.

Types of Headaches

  • Tension headaches
  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Migraines
  • Sinus headaches

Tension Headaches

These are the most common type of headache, occurring in three out of four people. A tension headache will present as a dull ache on both sides of the head. It eventually progresses to an intense squeezing pain that can extend to the neck and shoulders, too.

Common triggers include fatigue, psychological stress, muscular (especially jaw) problems, caffeine withdrawal or certain medications. Recurring tension headaches respond well to chiropractic care.

Cervicogenic Headaches

These headaches are caused by problems or pathologies in the neck. A cervicogenic headache will cause pain usually on one side of the head and around the eye, and neck stiffness. Often it can become difficult to move the neck.

Causes of cervicogenic headaches include degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis, slipped disc, whiplash, poor posture, falls or pinched nerves in the cervical spine. Chiropractic manipulation by experts can prove very useful in treating the underlying causes of cervicogenic headaches.

A trained chiropractor can perform spinal manipulation on the cervical spine to treat cervicogenic headaches. Joint mobilization (which involves passive movement of the joints) can also treat cervicogenic headaches.

Migraine

A migraine is one of the most severe, and often debilitating, types of headache. It can begin with an aura— a range of preceding sensory symptoms such as seeing flashes of light, floaters and fallers, nausea or dizziness. It then proceeds to intense, throbbing pain on one side of head accompanied by nausea, vomiting, photosensitivity and intolerance to sound and smells.

Triggers for migraines differ from person to person. Some of them include irregular sleeping patterns, sharp smells, flashing lights, hormonal imbalances, stress or exhaustion. Chiropractic techniques that improve spinal function have proven to help patients suffering from migraines. A chiropractor can also recommend dietary and lifestyle changes that can eliminate migraine triggers.

Sinus Headaches

These are caused by inflammation of the sinuses due to cold, allergies or the flu. Sinus headaches can be intense but they are usually short-lived. They cause pain in the face that worsens on bending, pressure around the sinuses, runny nose and cough. Sinus headaches are diagnosed and treated by primary care physicians or otolaryngologists.

Summary

Headaches are broadly divided into tension headaches, cervicogenic headaches, migraines and sinus headaches. They can be triggered by many factors including stress, poor sleep, hunger, allergies, fatigue or medications. Chiropractic techniques such as spinal manipulation are an effective, drug-free way to manage and treat headaches such as cervicogenic, tension type and migraines.

A person suffering from text neck

What Is Text-Neck and How Is It Treated In Chiropractic Care?

Just like the traditional generation and baby boomers did not know about the dire consequences of tobacco, and generation X was unaware of the harmful health effects of processed food, generation z is getting significantly affected by technology, but isn’t really aware of the harmful effects, yet.

While the harmful effects of technology are wide-ranging and can be classified into various categories, this article is specifically dedicated to text neck; the new buzzword in the health industry.

What is Text Neck?

Text neck is a health condition that is increasingly becoming common in today’s world, especially among the younger generation.

Caused by poor posture and unnatural positioning of your neck for extended periods of time, which happens while using mobile devices, particularly cell phones, text neck is a physical ailment that affects the muscles of the neck, back, and shoulders.

According to healthcare experts, most of the people keep their necks forward and in a downward facing angle while using cell phones, which puts serious strain and stress on the muscles in the neck, across shoulder blades, and in the upper back.

According to Kenneth Hansraj, a leading spinal and orthopedic surgeon and the chief of spine surgery at the New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, the more we tilt our heads forward, the more stress we put on our cervical spine. Even if you spend two to four hours a day bent over a cell phone, you are putting around 700-1400 hours of excess stress on your cervical spine in a year.

The effects of text neck can range from discomfort and pain in neck to permanent damage to the spine.

Symptoms of Text Neck

Here are some of the common signs and symptoms of text neck:

  • Pain in neck and upper back that can range from mild to chronic
  • Instant pain in the neck and shoulders when using mobile devices
  • Inflammation of the muscles, nerves, and ligaments of neck
  • Headache that can be chronic or sporadic
  • Permanent arthritic damage
  • A permanent increase in the curve of the spine

Available Treatments for Text Neck in Chiropractic Care

The treatment of text neck can vary across patients, depending on the severity of the condition and how long the patient has been suffering from it.

To find out the right treatment plan for you, the first step is to consult a chiropractor. Here are some of the chiropractic care treatment options for text neck:

  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Spinal alignment
  • Strength exercises
  • Spinal manipulation

Text neck is quickly becoming a huge concern, especially among the young generation. Since it can have negative effects on health and can also severely reduce your productivity, it is important to take preventive measures and limit the use of mobile devices because as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. However, if you are already affected by it, contact an expert chiropractor to get it treated.

Summary

Just like the traditional generation and baby boomers did not know about the dire consequences of tobacco, and generation X was unaware of the harmful health effects of processed food, generation z is getting significantly affected by technology, but isn’t really aware of the harmful effects, yet.

The article discusses text-neck; a physical ailment that is increasingly becoming common among the young generation.