Headache? Your Body May Be Out Of Balance!   

Headache? Your Body May Be Out Of Balance!

Know what's going on with your body when you suffer from persistent headaches.

Headaches are a distress signal - your body is telling you something's out of balance. Pain relievers may temporarily turn off the alarm switch, but don't always put out the fire.

A chiropractor, however, may be able to diagnose your type of headache - tension or migraine - treat its underlying physical causes and help you learn how to prevent future headaches.

It's not all in the head
You may feel the pain's all in your head. But your headache probably started with a spinal misalignment in your neck, which must balance and move your head with 'ballerina-like' control.

Poor posture, such as during long, stressful commutes and sitting, can lead to spinal misalignment, triggering a tension headache. Stress and certain substances, like coffee or cigarettes, can also trigger a headache.

Getting to the root of headaches
Your chiropractor can help you get to the root of your problem. He or she is specially trained to evaluate and treat spinal problems, including those leading to headaches.
Your chiropractor can help relieve your pain with spinal adjustments and related treatment, such as ice packs. You also can learn what to do to prevent future headaches, such as maintaining good posture while sit ting, walking or sleeping.

Your chiropractic evaluation
Your chiropractor will evaluate your condition before drawing up a personalised treatment and prevention program me. The evaluation may include recording your health history, a physical examination , x-rays and other tests, if needed.

Your chiropractor will start by asking quest ions to determine whether you suffer from tension or migraine headaches.

A physical exam will help determine the cause of your headache and an x-ray may be recommended to rule out other problems.

Health history
Is it a tension headache?
1. Do you have steady, dull, tight pain around you r scalp or neck?
2. Does the pain begin at the back of your neck and progress to the whole head?
3. Do you sleep on your stomach with your head twisted to the side or sit for long periods bent over in one position?
4. Do your neck and shoulder muscles feel stiff?
5. Does stress or fatigue, like that experienced during long work days, trigger your headaches?

Is it a migraine headache?
1. Do you have throbbing pain that feels like a hammer is pounding in your head?
2. Is the pain usually on the left or right side of your head?
3. Are your headaches accompanied by other symptoms, eg, visual disturbance, nausea, irritability or sensitivity to light, noise and odours?
4. Do other family members have migraines?
5. Does stress, chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, MSG, smoking or menstruation trigger your headaches?

Physical exam
Your chiropractor will check your vital signs and examine your neck and back. Using light pressure (palpation), your chiropractor will check for stiffness, pain or muscle tension and your range of motion.

X-rays give a detailed view of how the bones in your neck and back line up. X-rays can spot bone misalignment and rule out other problems, like fractures or tumours.
X-rays can also help determine the kind of treatment you'll need.

Your diagnosis
Your health history, physical exam and x-rays will help your chiropractor diagnose your tension or migraine headache. They will also help determine the type of headache you are suffering from: cluster or mixed headaches, or those associated with bacterial infection, a tumour or haemorrhage.

Depending on the cause of your headache, your chiropractor may refer you to another health care specialist. 

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