Ouch, Another Migraine! Here’s what you can do about your headache pain…

Did you know that research has shown that many headaches are caused by irritation of the nerves in the neck? It’s true. When the pain is pulsating in your head, it sure doesn’t seem like it’s because of what is going on in your neck.

Why Am I Getting These Darned Headaches?

Answer: We have actually found that your nerve irritation is the result of a previous injury that the patient was unaware of or something that occurred so long ago they had forgotten about. What is really interesting is how fragile the neck can be and how easy it is to have problems result from that area. For example, since the link between the head and the rest of the body is your neck, the neck is vulnerable to even slight jars which may cause a misalignment of the vertebrae in the neck. Now imagine if your car were to be rear-ended. This is why whiplash can occur in accidents in which the vehicles were only going 5-miles per hour. Numerous studies have proven this to be in fact quite common.

So why are you getting headaches?

Picture a traffic jam during rush hour. All those cars trying to travel down the same expressway simultaneously. The same thing is happening in your neck. Since the nerves and blood vessels pass through small openings between these vertebrae, a misalignment can substantially reduce the amount of blood and nerve impulses going to your face and brain.

Thus, the headaches. Not all headaches are caused by neck problems. Some are due to lack of sleep or excessive “partying.” However if you get frequent headaches, it’s possible that chiropractic can help you.

A good rule of thumb is if you experience headaches more than twice a week, we’d suggest having your condition looked into further because chances are it can be successfully addressed. We’re here to help!

Dr. Jerry Dreessen and Dr. Jason Gilmore

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