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15.1% Suffer Severe Headaches – Are you one of them?

90% or more in the U.S. suffer from headaches at one or more times in their life with 15.1% experiencing severe headaches 1. Those that do, may experience depression, recurring pain and anxiety. Headaches are often related with physical or mental dysfunction and you should seek treatment if you have recurring headaches. If you live in or near Indianapolis, IN please schedule a $19 assessment (includes exam and digital x-rays) with Dr. David Dunham today to see if we can help you.

Common Reasons for Headaches & Migraines:

Neck and Shoulder Dysfunction

Almost 20% of headaches can be associated with dysfunction stemming from the neck joints, tissue, and muscles 2. Many of these are treatable using physical therapy or chiropractic treatments along with focused massage therapy.

Tight Muscles and Clumping Tissue

The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that headaches may be triggered by tight muscles that cause abnormal chemical releases in the brain due to the firing of neurotransmitters. Tight muscles or clumping tissue may also cause the Fascia (a soft tissue that connects and holds together most structures including the muscles) to bunch together and cause headaches. Tight muscles can be caused by your body’s overcompensation for a misaligned skeletal system or various other reasons. Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, and Massage can all be used to treat tight muscles and clumping tissue from misalignment of the skeletal system.

Diet, Medication and Environment

Some foods, medications, and exposure to chemicals can cause headaches. If you suffer from frequent headaches you may want to keep a journal of the foods and medications you consume. This will allow you to work with a doctor to adjust your diet if he or she feels your headaches are not coming from a physical dysfunction.

Some other headache causes

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Poor work posture, poor sitting posture, and poor standing posture
  • Poor sleeping posture or positions
  • Poor diet or not enough calorie consumption
  • Eye strain
  • Sinuses and allergies

How can we help you?

Dr. Dunham can help you evaluate the source of your headaches. Stop treating your symptoms and start treating the source of your problem. Many times the underlying cause of your headache is a physical dysfunction that needs to be treated before it manifests in other symptoms or causes lasting damage to your health.

How do you resolve headaches that may result from physical or mental dysfunction?

  1. Proper diagnosis – proper treatment begins with identifying the root cause of your headaches. This may include:
    • X-ray of your neck and spine for arthritis or spinal problems
    • Physical assessment of your central nervous system and its reaction capabilities
    • Assessment of your muscle and skeletal system for degeneration or asymmetrical imbalances
  2. Treatment Options – If your headaches are a result of physical dysfunction we may pursue one or more of the following treatment options:
    • Targeted exercise to build up or balance muscle groups
    • Manipulation or massage of targeted muscle groups to break down and start rebuilding damage muscle or soft tissues
    • Physical therapy to retrain your body movements and posture correction techniques
    • Chiropractic adjustments may be needed if your spinal system is causing pinched nerves
    • Adjustments to your home environment, like your sleeping position or a change to your office chair and its position
  3. Stress Reduction – If your headaches are due to stress we can help you develop exercise techniques to reduce stress

Chiropractic care, physical therapy, and massage have been shown to eliminate or reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches for many patients.

Citations used above:
1: According to a published report in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain:
Strine, T. W., Chapman, D. P. and Balluz, L. S. (2006), Population-Based U.S. Study of Severe Headaches in Adults: Psychological Distress and Comorbidities. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 46: 223–232. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2006.00340.x

2: Nilsson, N. (1995), The Prevalence of Cervicogenic Headache in a Random Population Sample of 20-59 Year Olds: Spine 1995, Vol 20: Nuber 17

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