Despite the pain being in your head, issues in your neck are often the cause of recurrent headaches and migraines. Chiropractic care can help. Dr. Scott M. Lund is a well-respected and highly-skilled chiropractor who serves the residents of San Diego and North San Diego County at Lund Chiropractic in Encinitas, California. You can trust him to design an effective treatment plan that addresses the underlying neck issue causing your aching head. Call Lund Chiropractic today to schedule your visit or use the practice’s convenient online service.
How can chiropractic care help headaches?
Even though it’s one of the most common human complaints, it’s often hard to track down the reason for headaches. About 5% are considered secondary headaches due to allergies, changes in blood sugar, vascular issues, and other medical conditions.
The remaining 95% are considered primary headaches and are often categorized as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. The headache becomes the primary concern and the cause often remains undiagnosed. Most primary headaches are related to muscle tension in the neck.
When no underlying disease process is identified as the cause of your headache, traditional medicine typically focuses on relieving your symptoms with various medications that temporarily block the pain. Dr. Lund continues investigating to pinpoint underlying issues leading to your pain, such as poor posture leading to neck strain.
The focus then becomes relieving your symptoms by targeting your poor posture and alleviating your neck strain as well as your headaches. Resolving the underlying issue can keep you headache-free and essentially eliminate your need for medication.
What causes muscle tension and neck strain?
Numerous repetitive activities can result in muscular strain of the neck, such as spending hours on the computer or working at your desk. People often unconsciously hunch their shoulders, tilt their chin upward, or cock their head to the side as they view the screen. You may remain in this awkward position for hours without realizing it.
This unnatural alignment strains your muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue structures. The resulting inflammation and stiffness can also cause misalignment of the bony structures in the neck and irritate nerves.
Trauma sustained during falls or other accidents can also stress and strain the neck. The positions you maintain when watching television, washing the dishes, or using your favorite electronic device to scroll social media can all impact the muscles, tendons, nerves, and bony structures in your neck.
What is the treatment for headaches?
Dr. Lund first identifies the cause through careful evaluation that includes detailed questions about your daily activities and when your headaches typically occur. He may also recommend diagnostic X-rays to help evaluate the health and function of your cervical spine.
Once the cause of your neck strain is identified, he may suggest:
- Therapeutic massage
- Spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to realign the cervical spine
- Rehabilitative exercises to improve posture and range of motion
- Lifestyle changes to relieve strain on your neck