Everyone gets a headache now and then.
Many times simple relaxation will take care of the pain. But suffering from chronic headaches is an entirely different experience, one that can make life nearly unbearable. The pain can assault you at any time, keeping you from doing anything except waiting for the throbbing to stop. You may have tried many remedies to find relief, but the answer to your condition may be at your chiropractor's office.
Although headaches have many causes, a cervicogenic headache stems from a pinched nerve in your neck. The pain can be so intense that you think you are having continual migraines. These headaches may become worse if you strain your neck by sleeping in a twisted position or by staring at a computer screen all day. Lifting heavy weights can also add to the strain and to the intenseness of the experience. People who have suffered from neck strain from a car accident or sports injury may experience these headaches as well.
Some cervical spine problems are a result of wear and tear due to age. Others stem from cervical stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that can ultimately squeeze the nerves at the base of your neck, causing you to have blinding headaches.
Rather than rely on painkillers, which just treat the symptom and do not correct the cause, you should seek chiropractic to see if indeed you have a pinched nerve. It can be the natural answer to your condition. Spinal manipulation of the cervical spine can realign the vertebrae that are pushing against your nerves, causing headaches and perhaps dizziness and muscle spasms as well. Chiropractic adjustments have been used to great effect when a misalignment and a pinched nerve is found. Often, chiropractic can lessen or even eliminate your headaches, allowing you to resume your normal activities.
Many chronic headache sufferers find the relief they need by simply seeing their chiropractor. Such a visit should be your first stop in treatment and not the last. You can often find relief without having to turn to over the counter or prescription painkillers.