The most common and least severe, tension headaches are also the most common type of headache among adults. While they can be uncomfortable, tension headaches typically do not impact your strength, balance, or vision, and should not prevent you from any of your normal daily activities.
Roughly 80% of the population in the US suffers from tension headaches at some point in their lives; with women being nearly twice as likely to suffer from them. While there is no sole cause, a number of factors are believed to have an impact on these common headaches. Hunger, anxiety, stress, lack of sleep, and posture have all been linked to tension headaches. Those who suffer more regularly may want to consider these factors in their own lives’ and try focusing to make improvements wherever necessary.
To treat recurring tension headaches non-medically, consider making changes to your sleep habits, diet, or mood. Be honest with yourself and consider the following: Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating enough meals and getting proper nutrition? How is your mood on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis? Try making changes wherever necessary and see if the issue persists. If these headaches persist, consider consulting your local chiropractor. Headaches and chiropractic go hand in hand, as the issue could potentially be related to spinal misalignment or increased muscle tension.
Shorter in duration than tension headaches and typically more chronic, cluster headaches can be extremely painful and occur daily for weeks or months at a time. A common identifier of cluster headaches is one-sided pain; either on the left or right side of your head along with watering eyes or nasal congestion on that side of the face. Being seasonal in their nature, those who suffer from cluster headaches tend to battle them at similar times each year. This seasonal nature also leads to cluster headaches being incorrectly associate with allergies. While the cause is still largely up for debate, it is known that a nerve in the face is involved with the occurrence of cluster headaches (your trigeminal nerve, to be exact). In terms of severity cluster headaches are comparable to migraines, however they don’t last nearly as long.
As far as nerve pain is concerned, chiropractic care is a fantastic option for treatment. Pain stemming from the trigeminal nerve can sometimes be related to misalignment in the cervical region of the spine; where the nerve connects. By properly aligning that region of the spine through a chiropractic adjustment, future cluster headaches can successfully be prevented in many instances if indeed misalignment was the cause of the nerve pain.
Generally, these types of headaches come as a result of inflamed sinuses and are often joined by a fever, runny nose, or sometimes swelling in the face. Provided that the inflammation is a result of illness, sinus headaches aren’t generally chronic and subside when inflammation of the sinuses has been alleviated.
Nasal decongestants are often helpful in these instances if the problem is simply nasal congestion. To treat infections, it might make more sense to consider taking antihistamines or antibiotics. Non-medical treatments include considerable amounts of fluid, using a dehumidifier, or inhaling saltwater nasal spray.
Rebound headaches are often a result of overusing painkillers. Despite being commonly linked with overuse of Motrin, Tylenol, and/or Advil, prescription drugs have also been known to cause such headaches if overused.
Likely a form of withdrawal, these types of headaches can most easily be avoided by carefully monitoring the use of painkillers.
Frequently confused with tension headaches, migraines are actually quite different from any of the types listed above. Mainly differing in terms of pain intensity and symptoms such as vomiting or temporary vision loss, migraines can be not just painful, but practically debilitating. Other symptoms include pain being one-sided (but not in all instances), pain in temples, or extreme sensitivity to light.
In terms of causal nature, migraines and tension headaches are actually quite similar. Stress, sleep habits, diet, and muscular tension in the neck have all been known to impact ones’ likelihood of migraines. To prevent future onset, consider making positive alterations in these areas and if improvements in your health aren’t made, consider consulting a doctor. Other preventative measures include chiropractic adjustments to relieve muscle tension in the neck or acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen. Be aware, however, that overuse of over-the-counter drugs can lead to other health problems or even the onset of rebound headaches (discussed above).
The Foundation for Chiropractic Education is proud to announce the evidence reports have now been updated on both cervicogenic and tension-type headaches. Among the many options for care available, chiropractic was shown to have superior results.
Compared to amitriptyline use, chiropractic had favorable results for patients with tension-type headaches.
Compared to various soft tissue procedures, chiropractic care produced sustained improvement in headache frequency and severity for patients with cervicogenic (from the neck) headache.
Compared to other physical treatment methods (physiotherapy, acupuncture, and electrical stimulation) the evidence supporting chiropractic appears to be more robust.
I've always said that there are many causes of headaches, but aspirin deficiency is not one.
So, if you know of anyone who suffers from headaches, help them to get off the drugs (which can cause many side effects) and get into see us at Chiropractic Associates in Paris, Texas. They will thank you for it.
Fall and Winter is coming and so is cold and flu season! Colds can be irritating and flu can be dangerous, so at Chiropractic Associates, we do our best to help our patients avoid illnesses and stay healthy. Using a variety of natural methods, we can help our patients build up their immune system and improve their ability to fight off sickness!
SPINAL ADJUSTMENT AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Spinal adjustment is the primary method of treatment that chiropractors use to help patients get healthy and stay healthy. Spinal adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is done by realigning the vertebrae to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. This technique works in a variety of ways to boost the effectiveness of the immune system. Spinal adjustment helps the body regulate hormones like cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone the body produces in response to stress. Cortisol can inhibit the immune system, which is part of why stress can cause illness. By controlling production of this hormone, spinal adjustment can help the body stay healthy.
Spinal adjustment also helps the immune system by eliminating subluxations. A subluxation is a condition caused by compression of the spinal column in the vertebrae. Subluxations can cause signals from the brain to misfire, resulting in physical dysfunction, leading to a variety of illnesses and diseases. By correcting subluxations, chiropractors can improve the body’s ability to heal itself and fight off illnesses.
SPINAL ADJUSTMENT TO SPEED RECOVERY
Even when illness strikes, spinal adjustment can help speed up the recovery process. Some patients hesitate to come to the chiropractic clinic when they’re not feeling well. We encourage patients suffering from a cold or flu to come in if they’re feeling up to it, because we can help expedite their recovery.
Spinal adjustment isn’t the only method that chiropractors use to boost the immune system. At Choice Chiropractic, we use a variety of natural techniques to keep our patients healthy.
Why Chiropractic Care Should Be in Your Back-To-School Preparations
It’s almost that time of year again, school is starting up again throughout Texas!The summer is winding down, athletics are winding up, and school will be back in session any day. While this obviously brings some excitement, it can also bring a bit of anxiety. But the more prepared you are, the easier the process of going back to school feels for everyone. In the midst of all of the preparations such as buying supplies, picking out new clothes, and tending to busy schedules, it can be easy to forget about one of the most important aspects of preparing for school: Your health. To get a jumpstart on a healthy school year, take a look at these reasons to make chiropractic care a part of your routine.
Because Books are Heavy
It’s a rite of passage for kids: A fresh, colorful new backpack to start off the school year. While there’s no doubt that using a backpack makes carrying books easier, there’s some debate about whether a heavy backpack is harmful to a child’s health, potentially causing chronic back pain or back injuries.When kids go back to school, they come home with backpacks full of heavy books and supplies. A heavy bag might cause or exacerbate misalignments of the spine. These misalignments can cause pain and discomfort that won’t go away until the misalignments are corrected. This is where chiropractors may be able to step in and make a big difference.
Children who habitually carry heavy or unbalanced backpacks may develop the following conditions:
BACKPACK SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN
Here are 10 tips for parents and children to help avoid back pain:
Because Germs Will Be Rampant
Because the spine is a part of the central nervous system, its health greatly affects every system in the body, including the immune system. The healthier the spine, the healthier the CNS, and the healthier the immune system. When kids go back to school, they’ll be exposed to all sorts of new germs and illnesses. By getting regular chiropractic care, you may help keep the immune system boosted, and germs far away.
Because It Starts the Year Off Right
Starting off the school year on the right foot may make or break the entire year. Beginning the year with chiropractic care may help you begin with better health, a more comfortable body, and a bit more flexibility, both physically and mentally. Because this sort of care can make you feel generally better and improve overall health, it’s a great way to get your school year started and your health on the right path.
If you would like to try chiropractic care, visit with chiropractors at Chiropractic Associates. At Chiropractic Associates we have affordable pricing that makes getting care easier than ever. Before your kids go back to school, get them on a path to wellness that can last all year long. Check out Chiropractic Associates as soon as today for quality care and a great addition to your back-to-school preparations.
DID YOU KNOW that structural shifts in the spine can happen from the birth process?
A typical birth can place 60-90 lbs of force onto an infant’s head and neck. While most children are okay, these shifts have been associated with colic, constipation, sleep issues and trouble feeding. Early check ups can help prevent structural shifts from becoming a chronic problem.
For newborns and infants, the path to good health begins with a natural drug-free approach. Well, chiropractic care provides just that. Like adults, newborns and infants can benefit in a variety of ways from spinal alignment through chiropractic adjustments. Let’s not forget they were curled up in a tiny ball for nine months being sloshed around while Mom went about her life -- so you’d be a little out of alignment, too! Here are a few things to look for.
Nothing starts your day off better than getting a good night's SLEEP ! And sleeping with the right pillow can help.
"Pillows can not only impact the quality of our sleep, but also how healthfully we rest and recharge," says sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, a clinical psychologist and author of Beauty Sleep : Look Younger, Lose Weight , and Feel Great Through Better Sleep .
"A bad pillow won't be the cause of any of these problems, but using the incorrect pillow can certainly exacerbate many of the underlying problems linked to these symptoms , and it certainly can keep you from getting a good night's rest," says Hecht, the co-chief of spine surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York.
Is it time to buy a new pillow? Experts say the general rule is to buy a pillow every 12 to 18 months. After two years, it's definitely got to go.
The use of computers in virtually every home, school and workplace environment has given rise to a host of related injuries affecting an unprecedented number of people worldwide
Without even realizing it, people often sit for hours a day hunched over a desk or in front of a computer, with their heads held forward for extended periods of time. Over time, this unnatural position places significant stress on the head, neck, shoulders and back, causing a condition known as Sitting-Down Syndrome. This condition has prompted an exponential increase in the number of people suffering from a variety of ailments that include:
When seated for extended periods of time, muscles contract and eventually become tighter and shorter, placing undue stress on other muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. In an unconscious effort to relieve the pain caused by this condition, your body compensates in a way that weakens your muscles even further. In turn, this repetitive condition leads to even more pain and suffering unless this cycle is interrupted and corrected.
Here are some simple thing to help you through your day!
Sitting on your wallet, in the car or at your desk, obviously also will give you temporarily a crooked spine, because it raises one side of the pelvis. Only slightly you may say, but believe you me, it's significant.
| When sitting on your wallet...
That curvature is only temporary, obviously; only whilst sitting on your back pocket wallet but you can see how a scoliosis, whether for a few moments or permanent, reaches up into the cervical spine. It can and does play havoc with your spine causing headaches and a variety of spinal complaints that continue long after you get out of the car.
In a lateral shift your pelvis or hips will be misaligned causing a high hip on one side and low hip on the other side. This might give you the appearance of one leg being shorter than the other or give you chronic low back pain with or without pain in your gluteus and down your leg. One of the ways we measure and evaluate for lateral shifts is by checking to see if you carry your weight evenly on both legs. Often times people initially have weight balance discrepancies in the 10-15 lbs range and not be able to feel it. If you can imagine the extra wear and tear that happens if your car is out of alignment, you can imagine the extra wear and tear on your body that a lateral shift can cause over time.
When you sit on your wallet or phone you are essentially inducing a lateral shift in your spine. Over time, the repetitive stress of basically sitting on a wedge will induce a more permeant shift in your spine that will stay even after you are no longer on the wedge/ wallet. This happens as the muscles of your lower body being to tighten and adapt to this new structure.
We recommend keeping your wallet in your front pocket and taking it out of your pockets when you are driving or at work. Life has enough stress to throw at us without us consciously contributing to our shift.
You’ve been in the car or the plane for hours, your back is aching and your legs are stiff and sore; you can’t wait to stand up and get moving again. We’ve all been there. This summer, plan for a pain-free travel experience by making small changes that can make a big difference in how you feel.
"Prolonged sitting causes a buildup of pressure in the blood vessels in your lower legs, which causes soreness" explains Scott Bautch, DC, president of the ACA Council on Occupational Health. “Simple moves, such as stretching or contracting and relaxing your muscles, can increase blood flow.”
“Treat travel like an athletic event,” he suggests. “Warm up before getting into a car or on the plane, and cool down once you reach your destination. For example, taking a short, brisk walk to stretch your hamstring and calf muscles before and after a long trip can help prevent problems.”
Consider these additional tips for healthier travels:
Travel by Car
Take rest breaks and take the opportunity to move around to refresh yourself. Never underestimate the potential consequences of fatigue to yourself, your passengers and other drivers. Get out and move aroundYour spine is designed to move. Sitting in one position in a car will stiffen up your back muscles and can lead to achiness and possibly muscle spasm. If possible, plan ahead for to schedule stops—ideally every 30 minutes—and get out of the car so you can move around and stretch. Movement stimulates blood circulation, which brings nutrients and oxygen to your lower back.
In between exercise stops, try to move a little in your seat. Even 10 seconds of movement and stretching is better than sitting still. At a minimum adjust your seat and change your position slightly every 15 to 20 minutes. Pump your ankles to keep the blood flowing and provide a slight stretch in your hamstring muscles . Any movement that is safe to do in the car will help you out.
Bring along a cold pack
If you have back pain, it may be a good idea to bring an ice pack or cold pack along in the car with you.
Most back pain is accompanied by inflammation. Applying a cold pack can reduce the inflammation and numb sore tissues. Please remember to always use a towel or another protective barrier to avoid ice burn.
Here are some options:
Real Food Not Junk
Everyone knows that gas station hot dogs and liters of sugary sodas aren’t good for us but that doesn’t stop us from consuming them, especially while on a long road trip. People travel thousands of miles for the holidays and stopping at fast food restaurants seems like the best idea when you just want to get wherever you’re going in the fastest way possible.
While junk food doesn’t make you feel good and can cause indigestion, did you know it could also cause other forms of pain? If you eat well most of the time but suddenly introduce your body to food of the junk variety your systems could reject it in curious ways. A healthy diet for a healthy person keeps the body’s insulin levels regulated naturally. When you add a sudden influx of unhealthy food the body goes into overtime producing insulin that can cause inflammation, aches, and pain. Imagine what junk food does to a person over an extended period of time.Not only will this snack bag keep you fueled, but it will also help you resist the temptation to stop for less healthy food options on the road. Be sure, however, to make sure that your snack options are healthy and not sugar loaded, particularly if you have kids joining you on this road trip. Healthy snack options might include string cheese, rice cakes, nuts, and apple slices. Don’t neglect your hydration either– bring a cooler packed with plenty of water.
Travel by Airplane
If you place your hands on your face, right in front of your ear lobes and open and close your mouth, you can feel your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects your upper and lower jaw.
Many Americans experience some sort of temporomandibular-related pain or even a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). In fact, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) estimates that 10 million Americans have a TMD. Additionally, around 75 percent of the U.S. population may experience one or more symptoms of a TMD. Discover why chiropractic is a viable treatment option for this common condition.
Conservative, Uninvasive Treatment
Top experts, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NIDCR, recommend conservative, reversible treatments as the best route of action. Our doctors agree and recommend choosing uninvasive treatments first, rather than aggressive treatments, like surgery and implants, which penetrate the tissues of the face, jaw or joint.
Let’s start by briefly going over what TMJ disorder is: TMJ disorder (TMJ Syndrome) is a blanket term for acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint (which is what connects your mandible to your skull). The most common causes range from bruxism (teeth grinding), trauma, excessive nail biting, degenerative joint diseases and many more. Essentially, TMJ disorder is quite common.
Issues with the complex temporomandibular joint and its surrounding muscles and tissues can cause a variety of symptoms—and some of these symptoms on their own may not indicate a disorder. The most common symptoms are:
If you think you are suffering from TMD or can relate to these symptoms, Chiropractic Associates recommends seeking out the opinion of a chiropractor or other healthcare professional. In the meanwhile, rest the jaw when possible and to pay close attention to habits, such as teeth grinding or nail-biting, which may be worsening the pain or disorder.
Make an appointment to talk to a chiropractic doctor about chiropractic and TMJ/TMD.
Modern medicine has acknowledged acupuncture as an effective curative therapy. The needles inserted into the body cause the nervous system to release healing and pain-relieving chemicals into brain, spinal cord and muscles.
Acupuncture is used in the treatment of a range of conditions, including muscular and neurological disorders such as lower back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, osteoarthritis and tendinitis, gastric disorders such as diarrhea, gastritis, spactic colon and constipation, as well as respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma.
It is also helpful in relieving migraines and arthritic pain, soothing dental pain, reducing nausea, and remedying problems with the reproductive and urinary organs.
For patients receiving advanced chiropractic care, a course of acupuncture treatment that works hand-in-hand with the chiropractic treatment can provide added healing benefits. The two remedies approach the condition from multiple angles, promoting better healing at a faster pace.
Acupuncture can relieve the potency of pain signals, loosen the muscles and stimulate blood flow to quicken healing, which in turn aids the chiropractor in performing therapeutic alignments to the patient’s spine, muscles and joints. Both treatments can be used compatibly, each enhancing the healing effects of the other without the need for drugs. For many conditions, a combination of these therapies can bring about rapid and health-boosting effects. A lot of patients suffering from various illnesses, injuries and medical conditions have reported that receiving acupuncture along with chiropractic care has been more helpful than taking medicines and receiving standard chiropractic therapy.