A: There is no such thing as normal headaches, so many people suffer from a headaches people assume they are normal. There are many contributing factors to a headache. Research shows 80% of headaches originate in the neck. They most commonly occur in women and usually begin between the ages of 10 and 46. In some cases, they appear to run in families. Headaches occur when blood vessels of the head and neck spasm or constrict, which decreases blood flow to the brain. Minutes to hours later, the blood vessels dilate (enlarge), resulting in a severe headache. Conventional medicine suggests Ibuprofen or medications like Imitrex to treat the pain. While sometimes these can help relieve the headache symptoms after the fact they have yet to address the cause. Every function of your body is controlled by the nervous system. If the nerves in the neck are stressed or interfered with, this leads to tension in the neck muscles and blood vessels. Chiropractors restore normal communication between your nerves which relaxes the muscles and blood vessels and helps stop the headache before it ever starts. Chiropractic adjustments are completely safe and very effective in helping prevent headaches. In between your Chiropractic visits make sure you stay hydrated, get plenty of rest and exercise. The combination of adjustments and living healthier can not only help relieve headaches but can stop them before they occur. Any healthcare professional will tell you the best treatment for anything is Prevention!
Information provided by Dr. Wesley Nyberg, Waukee Wellness & Chiropractic, 710 Alice’s Road, 978-6661.