October is National Chiropractic Month

National Chiropractic Month is a nationwide campaign held each October.  This year’s activities will focus on headache treatment.  Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches.  Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.  Chiropractic has been proven to be an effective treatment for several types of headaches including tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.

A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

“The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck,” says Dr. Jerry Dreessen, DC, from Back To Action.  “Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture.  This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.”

What You Can Do?

1)  If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break every 30 minutes to one hour.  The stretches should take your head and neck through comfortable range of motion.

2)  Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches.  However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise.  Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.

3)  Avoid teeth clenching.  The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing.  The results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.

4)  Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which lead to headaches.

What Can a Doctor Of Chiropractic Do?

Dr. Jerry Dreessen and Dr. Jason Gilmore of Back To Action can do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:

– Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.

–  Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.

–  Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques.  This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to examine and treat the entire body with specific emphasis on the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.  They can also help people lead healthier lives focusing on wellness and prevention.  Feel free to talk or schedule an appointment with the Doctors of Back To Action today.

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