In many cases, headaches are caused by a pinched nerve in the spine or from tense muscles in the neck. Other times, specific triggers produce them, such as sensitivities to certain foods, loud noises, or bright lights. High levels of stress can incite headaches, as can poor posture.
A migraine, a specific type of severe headache, is caused by constricted blood vessels and has a unique set of symptoms, including:
In some cases, headaches are preventable. If triggers cause your headaches, learn what your triggers are and how to recognize them. Avoiding them allows you to stop headaches before they begin.
Engaging in stress-relieving activities, such as deep breathing exercises or yoga, can reduce tension and help you relax, reducing a tendency toward headaches.
If you work at a desk or computer, get up regularly and move around. Work to improve your posture and avoid hunching over into a “C” position.
In many cases, dehydration causes headaches. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
Dr. Hausman uses a wide range of treatment options to reduce your headache frequency and severity. Depending on the cause of your headaches, he may recommend:
If you suffer from tension or cluster headaches, he may suggest focusing on relaxing the rectus capitis posterior minor (RCPM) muscle. He accomplishes that through massage and at-home stretches to keep the muscle limber.
Regardless of what treatment option you choose, Dr. Hausman’s procedures increase the blood flow to your brain and decrease muscle tension, both of which work to eliminate headaches.
If chronic headaches or migraines are interfering with your life, it’s time to take a stand. Call Hausman Chiropractic to schedule your appointment or book it online today.
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