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Chiropractic Care and Headaches


Chiropractic care has far-reaching implications regarding the potential it has to treat, and in some cases reverse certain conditions or injuries in the musculoskeletal system. In some cases, chiropractic care can be applied to direct musculoskeletal problems such as spinal misalignment, or conditions that involve the spine and neck directly.

However as time passes, we gain more of an understanding of how chiropractic care can reach beyond just the musculoskeletal system and into other parts of our body.

Over time, we have gained more insight into these auxiliary conditions and where chiropractic care may be able to fit in. In Birmingham, Alabama at the Back on Track Chiropractic clinic, professionals are reporting that they have seen tons of success with chiropractic care in patients with chronic and acute headaches.

Dr. Scott Duca of the Back on Track Chiropractic clinic asserts that a headache can come from anywhere. Commonly, however, headaches have to do with the rectus capitis posterior minor muscle (RCPM) and spasms of this muscle. Headaches can occur as a result of spasms in the RCPM muscles that trigger pain that feels as if it is radiating throughout the skull. Dr. Duca believes that the RCPM muscle can be compromised due to certain alignment properties in the cervical spine, specifically excessive curvature in this region of the spine. If we are receiving treatment to correct the curvature and properly align the spine, there is a reduced possibility for spasms to occur in the RCPM muscle and eventually for headaches to occur.

Chiropractic care has he ability to treat the problem at the source. Rather than looking to medication to alleviate pain once the headaches arise, chiropractic care helps put everything in place and organizes the musculoskeletal system in turn reducing the possibility for headaches to occur in the first place. This is just one scenario where we see chiropractic care’s holistic approach in action, focusing on prevention rather than treatment and ensuring that the patient is in the best possible position to minimize the occurrence of headaches and the pain associated with it.

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