Reduce Headache Frequency with the Help of Chiropractic

By Stepy Kamei

Most people who have at least heard of chiropractic care know it only as a helpful way to treat and manage back pain. For this reason, people who know only a little about chiropractic care (which, to be fair, is a fair amount of the population) go on believing that if they don't suffer from back pain, they can't possibly benefit at all from seeing a chiropractor and receiving adjustments on a regular basis. However, it turns out that numerous scientific studies on the matter have shown that chiropractic is a great way to improve many different aspects of a person's overall health and wellness. A chiropractic adjustment can do so much more than relieve back pain (although it is helpful for that as well). Adjustments can bring relief from one of the most common health concerns that virtually everyone faces on a regular basis -- the headache. 

How the Spine Can Affect the Head

When the spinal column is out of alignment, the rest of the body is thrown out of balance as well, and common health issues such as headaches may begin to make themselves known. Before you think you're easily able to avoid a spinal misalignment, think again -- misalignments can be caused by the simple wear and tear of everyday life, and not just by traumatic accidents, injuries, or falls. The misalignments in your spine are more than likely disrupting the functions of the central nervous system, which can be a contributing factor to mild yet frequent health concerns such as headaches. Digestive issues and sleep troubles are also common symptoms of a misaligned spine. 

How An Adjustment Can Treat Headaches

When you go to see a chiropractor for an adjustment, he or she will use manual manipulation techniques in order to correct any misalignments which may be present. These techniques are completely natural and do not rely on the use of medication, tools, or invasive procedures. The spine can be placed back into its proper alignment in this safe and effective manner. When this occurs, the rest of the body is better able to heal itself from the inside out, since it is no longer affected by a blocked nervous system.

Research has shown that spinal adjustments can reduce inflammation in the body, relieve muscle tension, and improve flexibility and mobility within the joints -- including the neck and shoulders area, which is why headache relief is a common "side effect" of a chiropractic adjustment.