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Headache causes are almost as diverse and varied as the types of headaches. Headaches can be triggered by nerve damage caused by a personal injury or an auto accident. Whiplash also commonly leads to headaches and can even cause concussions. In addition, headaches can be related to drug and food reactions, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), stress and fatigue, tight neck muscles, and irregular blood sugar.
The exact cause of migraines remains unknown. Associated triggers include: florescent lights, strong odors, lack of sleep, stress, and foods high in an amino acid called tyramine. A tramatic auto accident injury or a work injury can also cause these headaches. A large number of these headaches can be traced to personal injury accidents in the upper back or neck.
More intense headaches are often accompanied by nausea, impaired vision, and light sensitivity. These headache symptoms are caused by abnormal constriction of the blood vessels in the brain. The initial impairment of blood flow causes the visual impairment. After the constriction, the vessels rapidly dilate causing the pounding pain of a migraine headache.
Tension headaches and spinal headaches usually manifest as constant dull pain on either one side or both sides of the head. Loss of motion or position in the top cervical vertebrae exerts pressure on the rectus capitis posterior minor (RCPM). When the RCPM muscle goes into spasm it migrates upward to a thin pain-sensitive tissue called the dura mater that covers the brain and this in turn causes the headache.
Stress, poor posture and pinched nerves in the neck and back can cause spinal and tension headaches. A personal injury or an auto accident injury can also result in these headaches. Back and neck pain sometimes accompanies spinal headaches.
Our chiropractor will first diagnose what type of headache you have and try to understand the underlying causes of your headache pain. Additional back pain or neck pain usually suggests that all the symptoms are interrelated. He may prescribe decompression therapy to treat headache pain.
In addition to regular decompression therapy, we also use Accu-Spina, which was originally designed by a neurosurgeon to treat patients with lumbar disc herniations. Trigger Point Therapy is another fantastic tool that is used to release the tension in the back and neck.
Moreover, our chiropractors often employ physiological therapy procedures, such as electrical muscle stimulation and moist heat therapy, to cure headache pain. Finally, our chiropractor will do a full nutritional and lifestyle assessment to determine if there are any contributing food allergies or environmental conditions triggering the headaches.
At Ivey-O'Sullivan Health Care Services our goal is to offer long-term pain relief for all types of back pain, neck pain, and headache pain. Using our advanced chiropractic techniques we can improve your migraine and headache pain and help you return to a happy, healthy, pain free life.
If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, please call us at 864-583-3967 today.