If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. The origin of headaches can vary greatly. Depending on what types of headaches you have, you do not have to keep popping Advils, hoping that the pain goes away. There is a better alternative. Research shows that spinal manipulation – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. (cervicogenic headaches) A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, N.C., found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.
Origins of headaches can vary from muscle spasm, stress, lack of sleep, tumor, and dehydration. It is very important you find the CAUSE of the headache rather than relying on over the counter pain medication to treat the SYMPTOMS.