Headaches are common in our fast-paced, pressure-filled world. Almost all of us at some point in time experience headaches.
Headaches can be excruciatingly painful and may severely limit the normal activities in your daily life. Approximately 1 in 6 Israelis are said to suffer from chronic headaches. Furthermore, headaches can be frequently disabling. Five to ten percent of young adults report missing at least a part of a day's work each month as a result of headaches. Fortunately, certain types of headaches can be relieved with proper conservative care.
The headache is one of the most common complaints encountered by physicians of all specialties. Headache is a complaint in more than half of all physician visits. There are several different classifications of headaches including tension, cluster, sinus, cervicogenic, and migraine.
Some headaches are brought on or aggravated by certain foods in your diet, while others may be brought on by physical trauma, emotional stress, nutritional deficiencies, or chemical toxins. However, a vast majority of headaches fall into the category of muscle tension or cervicogenic headaches. This means that the headache is secondary to muscular contractions at the base of the head, which can alter blood flow to the head and brain. The cervical spine and associated muscular support of the head are interwoven with vessels and nerves, which supply the head and upper extremities. The sites of nerve compression in the neck are the intervertebral foramina(as a result of misalignment of degeneration), the spinal canal, the interscalene space and the course of the occipital nerves as they pass through the trapezius muscle at the base of the skull. Impaired structure or function of the joints, discs, muscles and/or ligaments may lead to irritation of sensitive structures of the neck. Reflex muscle spasms resulting from this irritation can produce continuous tension on the periosteal insertion of muscles. The result of sustained muscle contraction produces both irritation at muscle insertion points and ischemic pain of the muscle itself. Restoring proper structure and function to the cervical spine is very effective in relieving muscle tension headaches.
It is important to determine to cause of your headaches. At our clinic we will examine the cervical spine to ascertain if the pain relates to the spine and/or its surrounding muscles. This examination will determine if you are a chiropractic candidate.
Too often, we turn to over-the-counter medications to relieve our discomfort. Unfortunately, these only mask the underlying sources of pain, and cause damage to our body.
Most headache sufferers can successfully be treated with spinal adjustments along with the avoidance of certain trigger foods. Call today for an appointment with Dr. Keren to see how he can help you overcome your headaches.