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Why Are You Getting Headaches?

By Sara Butler

A lot of people suffer from headaches. Headaches are actually one of the leading causes of missed work days and use of medications, according to the National Institutes of Health. You could say that headaches are a real pain for a lot of people. Why are they getting headaches? There are several things that may be contributing to this and here are a few of the most common causes and how your chiropractor may be able to help!

Diet Woes

You may think you’re eating well, but there are many things in the diet that can cause headaches. Neurological issues, such as headaches, have been linked to:

  • Artificial sweeteners – Aspartame and sucralose are found in gums, diet drinks, protein powder, and even workout supplements.
  • Dehydration – If you’re not getting enough water, that can cause headaches.
  • Blood sugar – If you have issues with managing your blood sugar this can cause headaches too.

Texting and Computer Use

Yes, your phone and laptop can cause a headache! When you spend hours in a forward head position looking down, you are putting a lot of stress and strain on your upper back, shoulders, and neck. This can potentially lead to headaches and other health conditions. If you want to avoid this, practice good ergonomics when using your phone or computer and see your chiropractor for regular adjustments.

Spinal Alignment

If you have misalignments in your spine it can cause irritation of the nerves and that can lead to muscle spasms, which can then lead to headaches. By seeing a chiropractor who can identify any underlying cause to your headaches, such as subluxations, you might be able to find a way to get rid of your headaches for good!

Automobile Accidents

Any automobile accident, no matter how minor, can impact the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in your neck. This injury is called whiplash and it can cause neck pain, stiffness, and even headaches if you leave it untreated. It could be years after your accident before chronic headaches start, so make sure you let your chiropractor know if you’ve been in a car accident over the last few years.

Cranial or Jaw Misalignment

If you have a condition called TMJ it can cause your jaw to crack, pop and not open correctly. This can lead to an imbalance in your skull, which can then lead to tension in the muscles and eventually headaches. Your chiropractor can help to adjust your jaw and potentially correct any problems you might be experiencing from TMJ, so let them know if you suspect it’s a problem!

As you can see, headaches can be caused by many different things, so let your chiropractor know if you experience headaches regularly so you can get to the bottom of it!

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