Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches, according to the American Chiropractic Association.
The benefits of receiving chiropractic care treatment to alleviate headaches are numerous.
Many may simply take an over the counter drug to ease the pain. However, A report by researchers at the Duke University found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for tension headaches that originate in the neck. There were also significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension headache than with a commonly prescribed medication.
What Can You Do?
The ACA suggests the following:
If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.
Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.
Avoid teeth clenching. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull, leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.
Drink water; at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day will help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.