Most of us will experience a headache of some kind in our life. Headaches can arise from a myriad of causes. As such, management of chronic headaches may require a multifactorial approach. Regardless of the cause, many headaches (particularly tension headaches) will involve musculoskeletal tension and can respond to techniques that relieve muscle tension in the head and neck. Gentle treatment of the head and neck will normally relieve the symptoms of a head ache to some degree. Objective outcomes help us to monitor the treatment success without having to rely on instant symptomatic relief as an indicator. Chiropractors are also trained as primary care practitioners requiring the recognition of ‘red flag’ signs that may indicate a cause more sinister in nature. Thankfully most headaches are not sinister in nature and respond well to conservative care. Many headaches will in fact completely abate, including those that are chronic in nature. Only careful examination will determine which category a headache may be grouped. We often find that headaches are the result of compensatory patterns throughout the body and that the primary driving factor is not in the head or neck. This is particularly true of migraine headaches.
Migraine headaches are essentially vascular in nature and are caused by vasodilation of large arteries in the brain. Although the exact cause of this vasodilation may be unclear, there is much anecdotal evidence to suggest that conservative care of the musculoskeletal system will help migraine headaches and in many cases reduce the onset to a negligible frequency. Chiropractic care aims to balance the nervous system. The sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous balance will have a clear effect on vasodiltion. For anyone who is not managing this debilitating condition well, an approach that serves to balance the autonomic nervous system may well be at least one part of the answer.
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