What does a headache feel like?
A headache can present itself in a variety of ways. A headache can be a throbbing and pulsing pain on one or both sides of the head, the pain can be behind the eye, or the pain can feel like a tightening sensation on both sides of the head.
How can we tell if the headache is a migraine headache?
Migraine headaches, begin with blind spots surrounded by flashing lights or other visual disturbances. It can last 30 minutes to several hours or, in extreme cases, a few days. Being in a room with bright lights can be difficult. With headaches, there could be the feeling of being nauseous, dizzy, or having double vision. There is also usually a feeling of pressure in the head. Some people notice associated neck pain or a difficulty in turning the neck to one side but not the other.
Why do we get headaches?
Not drinking enough water is a common cause of a headache. Another frequent cause is misalignment of a bone in the neck or the Occiput which is the bone at the base of the skull. Every nerve and vessel going to and from the brain, as well as the brainstem, transmit through this area at the base of the head. When the bones there are misaligned, they can affect both the blood flow and transmission of signals over the nervous system which often leads to headaches. These misalignments can also cause a tightening of the muscles and ligaments and pain in the head.
How does chiropractic help individuals recover from headaches?
Your local San Diego chiropractor will examine the spinal segments of the neck, most importantly, the top of the neck and base of the skull. The surrounding ligaments and muscles will also be examined. Depending on results of the exam, a misaligned segment will be gently moved back into place using a specific chiropractic adjustment.
Your chiropractor will also take a thorough history to determine any lifestyle changes that can be made to help with your headaches. A history of stress patterns, physical activity, water intake, diet, sleep patterns, and other factors will be taken to help your chiropractor help you make improvements.
How do individuals recover from headaches?
The first step to recovery is to be evaluated and if needed, adjusted by your local San Diego chiropractor. After this, your chiropractor will show you exercises and stretches to relax the muscles and help you heal.
What stretches and strengthening exercises can be done to alleviate headaches?
Stretch the suboccipital muscles and muscles of the neck. Videos are forthcoming. Make sure to work both sides, but focus more on the side that is affected.