Dealing With Headaches and Migraines
For the majority of people in Littleton, headaches are just an occasional fact of life. They happen for easily explainable reasons, such as that bad hangover after a night drinking too much. Or they can happen for reasons that defy any easy explanation, such as migraines, where doctors can diagnose the fact that a headache will regularly occur, but be unable to explain why, or do anything to permanently get rid of it.
The usual solution for people with headaches is to go the pharmaceutical route. There are many off-the-shelf painkillers designed to help with one-off or occasional headaches. There are even prescription pain killers that fulfill the same role. The chiropractors at Littleton Chiropractic can also play an effective role in the treatment of headaches. But how? The answer may surprise you.
A Network of Pain
Most people associate pain with a “local” experience. Simply put, the most common perception people have of pain is that wherever you experience pain, that is the cause and location of the pain itself. A wood sliver in your finger, for example, hurts at the exact location the sliver entered. So you feel the pain in your finger, look down, and realize that your finger is hurting now because a sliver has hurt you in that location.
However, a headache, especially something like a migraine, does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong in that exact location in your head. In fact, the pain you experience in your head might not be caused by anything in your head. It may be farther down.
Migraines in Littleton are often a symptom of another problem, but despite just being a symptom, migraines themselves can also cause other problems. Intense migraines can, for example, eventually lead to nausea, oversensitivity to light and/or noise, and even depression or hallucination if the migraines are intense enough and occur regularly enough.
In some cases, migraines can even amplify an existing problem, by creating stress, which in turn can lead to prolonged muscle tension. This prolonged tension can even lead to the possible misalignment of bones if it goes on for long enough, pulling parts of the body out of position.
The Indirect Solution
On the other hand, these indirect stresses, such as misalignment, or every day “first world problems” like repetitive motion syndrome, or sitting in office chairs too long can also be possible causes of headaches. Your nervous system stretches throughout your body, so a misalignment or other back discomfort can carry those pain signals to other locations, such as up to your head.
In other words, problems in your back may be felt not just in your back, but in other parts of your body as the pain signals spread or “misfire,” creating pain symptoms where there is nothing physically wrong. Headaches can be a perfect expression of this type of warning signal.
Professionals Can Help
An experienced, qualified chiropractor at Littleton Chiropractic can be an invaluable and surprising solution for both immediate and long-term relief of migraine headaches. While headaches themselves obviously have very different causes, you can explore the less direct options with a knowledgeable chiropractor.
After asking the right questions, and doing a thorough examination, you may find that it is problems in your back or neck that are leading up to the pain in your head. With the right non-invasive chiropractic techniques, you may find that you no longer need to rely on painkillers to deal with a headache in Littleton. You may even find that because your back is now in better shape, you can also enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle that further reduces the chances of more back problems and the return of the headaches. If you want to know whether your headaches might be related to a back problem, try talking to a chiropractor today.
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