What are headaches?
Headaches subdivide into many different categories, some of which are highly resistant to treatment (such as cluster headaches) and some of which are very responsive to care. One of the single most common causes, or irritating factors, relating to common headache is neck and shoulder dysfunction. Headache and neck pain is, in fact, one of the most common reasons for consulting a chiropractor. Like all symptoms, headache can have many triggering factors but the general rule in clinical practice is that “Most commonly we look to the most common things.” So your best starting point for headache, with or without neck pain, is generally your chiropractor. Once again for conditions that are resistant to routine chiropractic care you would be well advised to seek the counsel of a rehabilitation specialist.
You may have heard that chiropractic care for the neck can be dangerous, but that is certainly not what the evidence shows us. The research tells us that chiropractic care is substantially safer than any drug you might take for your pain, including the safest non-prescription medications. No treatment is 100% safe, but chiropractic stands out as one of the safest and most effective treatments available for pain originating from musculoskeletal problems.
*Also See Migraines
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This information represents only a brief summary of the conditions discussed and is presented as a public service by the Immanuel Healing Centre. For this or any other health problems about which you have concerns please consult personally with a health care professional.