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Q: What is causing my headaches?

Posted July 03, 2013 in Advice Column, Johnston

A: Your headaches aren’t caused by lack of ibuprofen in your body. There are many causes of headaches, and lack of headache medicine isn’t one of them. Common causes of headaches include stress, trauma, poor posture, subluxation (spinal misalignment), food sensitivities and a vast array of lifestyle choices. Most commonly headaches can be broken down into three subtypes: tension, migraines and cervicogenic, all of which can be reduced and/or eliminated by a combination of chiropractic and chiropractic rehabilitation procedures.

First and foremost you must understand the cause of your headache. Understanding the cause of your headache will allow you to better decide which treatment is best for you. Pain from headaches that are mechanical in nature may be reduced by drugs, but the root cause of the problems will never be addressed, and so the cycle will continue.

Mechanical-type headaches such as tension, certain types of migraines and cervicogenic headaches are often eliminated by chiropractic rehabilitative care. Conservative headache management may and should include the chiropractic manipulation, myofascial release techniques such as Graston Technique, postural correction exercises and at-home self treatment as well as education. The doctors at Active Wellness Chiropractic & Rehabilitation are trained to diagnose which type of headache you may be having and help you to determine which type of treatment will be most beneficial for you. If you’re tired of having to “live” with your headaches, schedule an appointment today — 867-2900.

Information provided by Dr. Aaron Rector, Active Wellness, 8711 Windsor, Parkway, Suite 7, 867-2900.

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