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Headaches… What a Pain in the Neck!

February 7, 2010

Let’s be honest, very few of you want to hear the mechanisms and classifications of headaches… you just want to know how to get rid of yours!!

Up until now, you’ve probably found some ways to deal with headaches: pain medications, heat, or sleeping it off. But, why do they keep coming back?

Recently, I was reviewing a health history with a new patient who had originally come to see me for neck problems.  During the discussion about their current state of health, I discovered she was suffering from headaches.  She said something to this effect, “I only have 2 or 3 headaches a week.”

Stop. Digest. Keep Reading.

This is not normal!

Unfortunately, so many of you have headaches that you believe having them on a regular basis is normal!  They are common… but that doesn’t qualify them as normal.  The pain in your head is a signal that something is dysfunctioning  in your body.

One of the most common causes of headaches I have seen in many years of practice is called a cervicogenic headache… fancy words that mean the headaches are a result of dysfunction in the neck.   Typically, this malfunction occurs at the top of the spine and affects nerves and surrounding structures to the point that pain occurs.

Chiropractors are specialists in spinal position and function.  So, guess what action you should take.  That’s right.  Consult a chiropractor.

But, if you really love damaging your kidneys and liver with over-the-counter pain killers, I wish you luck.

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