Instead of taking medication next time you get a headache, try visiting a chiropractor! Most people in Lewis Center don’t know that in the majority of headache cases, there’s absolutely nothing wrong your head!
Our patients in Lewis Center always ask, well if there’s nothing wrong with my head…why does it ache?? The actual pain you perceive when you have a headache is called referred pain. That means that the pain you feel in one place is actually being created somewhere else. In the case of headaches, the pain is referred from a nerve getting pinched in the top of your neck. Chiropractors are trained to find these areas of nerve irritation, interference, or pinching. The technical term for this is called Subluxation. Chiropractors discovered that when bones in the spine become misaligned, nerve interference is created in a variety of different ways. In this article, we’ll cover 3:
- Physical compression: As the vertebrae shift out of place, the connective tissues surrounding the nerve which hold it in place are compressed, therefore compressing the nerve inside. The creates the headache pain. Consequently, those tissues also are made to protect it from harm, feed the nerves nourishment, and even help to repair the nerves when the chiropractor removes the pressure.
- Inflammation: As the nerve compression from above happens and the headache pain begins, the body creates inflammation in the area. This will cause the headache to be more intense, and for the duration to be longer. After receiving a chiropractic adjustment, the pressure is removed from the nerve and the inflammation can subside.
- Neuroplastic Central Sensitization: If subluxation has existed in the body for more than only a few days, the brain starts rearranging synapses (nerve connections). This causes the body to be more sensitive to pain signals, causing more inflammation from less compression. Chiropractic adjustments help restore proper synaptic connection and function.