Today I want to talk about one of the most common reasons why people come in to see me, that’s because they’re suffering from headaches. If you or someone you know has headaches, you know exactly what I’m talking about. How much this interferes with the quality of your life and sometimes how debilitating that can be.
I’m talking about all types of headaches.
- sinus headaches
- tension headaches
- cluster headaches
These are all connected back to the neck. In fact, over 97% of headaches that most people experience come from the neck.
It’s misdiagnosed by their doctor and instead of correcting the cause, they’re treating the symptoms which lead to more and worse issues.
So today I want to help you understand what’s really causing those headaches and what you can do to start correcting that right away to get a more natural drug free solution.
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Prefer to read? Here’s the gist of what else Dr. Tim spoke about in this video clip.
Why Does Headache Pain Originate In The Neck?
Like I said at the beginning of this video, over 97% of headaches stem from the neck.
Now what happens is you have traumas in your life, whether that’s a car accident, a sports injury, or repetitive stress activities like hours a day on your cell phone, computer, or laptop. This causes misalignment in your neck – a condition called subluxation. It’s very important to understand that no medical doctor looks for this and many people are treating the effects and that’s actually making the problem worse.
For normal function, you need to have a 45 degree curve in your neck. What happens because of these traumas, poor postures, physical, emotional, chemical stresses in your life, it causes you to lose that curve in the neck, which puts excess tension on the muscles, joints, and nerves in your neck. That can lead to things like headaches.
One of the most important postural deviations is when your head shifts forward. For every one inch forward. It’s putting double the amount of stress on your discs and the muscles are working two or three times harder than they have to.
The Cause of Sinus Headaches
That’s why you get tension in the neck, upper back, and base of the skull. These nerves in the upper neck also control all of your sinuses and all the glands of your throat. So if you lose the curve in your neck, you’re putting excess pressure on those nerves, which can lead to sinus headaches.
The Cause of Tension Headaches
If your head’s forward, the muscles get excessively tight and pull on the base of the skull, creating inflammation. These are tension headaches.
The Cause of Migraines
These nerves at the top of the neck also affect the brain stem, which regulates the oxygen and blood flow to the brain, the eyes, ears, nose, throat, and many of the autonomics, which is why you get migraines. And in those migraines you also have dizziness, visual disturbances, nausea. This is all linked right back to the nervous system.
The Cause of Cluster Headaches
And cluster headaches are linked to toxicity and other neurotoxins as well, which can come from medications, vaccinations, toxic food and water.
Pain is the By-Product of Neck Damage
All these things stem right back to the neck. And the problem is everyone’s worried about treating the symptoms and the effects. When your head goes forward like this, your body’s natural response is for your head to shift back a little bit. Your shoulders to round and push forward. And now all of these muscles in here will get really tight and tense.
This is a normal, healthy function for your body to prevent further damage to the neck and the discs because the longer there’s pressure on the discs, those discs begin to rot and degenerate. This is what leads to degenerative disc disease. This Is what leads to arthritis, stenosis, and many of the other long-term chronic problems. But this degeneration is not the cause of your pain, it’s the effect.
Why Massage and Stretching is Not Recommended to Treat Headaches
So your body makes these tight muscles, which is intelligent design to help stabilize the neck. Now what happens if you go in there and you start stretching and massaging tight muscles, or you take a muscle relaxer or you use heat on there?
Now you directly interfere with the body’s normal response and you’re making the problem worse, which is why those things don’t work. You may get a temporary solution, but the problem comes right back and as time goes on, the problem continues to worsen.
A Permanent Solution to Headaches
The most important test that we take to understand the cause of all types of headaches is an x-ray. I’m going to show you an example of what an x-ray looks like for many of the people I see who experience these types of headaches, migraines, and other related issues. For almost every single one of these people, they have a loss of curve in the neck just like this.
Case Study of a Patient Who Came in with Headaches
This is an example of a complete loss of curve in the neck. There’s already arthritic change happening in the neck. There’s already disc degeneration. There’s a significant amount of stress and pressure on the brain stem, and on the spinal cord.
This lady has extremely tight muscles of the neck and upper back. Same thing up in here. She gets headaches almost every single day. Migraines multiple times per week. Now she’s been going to doctors for many, many years and she’s taken many of the drugs that they recommend:
These all cause damage to your body. Imitrex creates rebound headaches. Advil creates damage to your joint, cartilage, and to your kidneys. Tylenol destroys your liver. And they’re not addressing the true costs of these medications.
Now, she also tried natural things. She tried getting massage, but again, like we talked about, that’s not fixing the prime issue. That’s fixing the effect and making the problem worse.
Symptom Based Chiropractic vs. Corrective Chiropractic
She even tried chiropractic, but she wasn’t doing corrective level chiropractic. She was doing symptom-based chiropractic, which means they didn’t take x-rays. There wasn’t a plan to fix it. She wasn’t doing the proper rehab. Therefore it never truly got better.
And she was still doing all the same stresses that caused it in the first place, which was sitting all day long using lots of technology, not fixing the problem. And as a result of that, she continued to suffer with the problem.
Like many of you probably are, if you’re watching this video, headaches are a huge interference to the quality of your life, keeping you from being the best version of yourself. So we took her through a progression of corrective level care where we addressed the real cause of her issues and we were able to restore and correct as much as possible, the normal alignment and nerve supply that go out to the rest of the body.
So this is where she was after two months of that correction coming into the office and doing corrective care at home. [See 2nd image in photo above]
This is where she was after six months, a significant restoration of that curve. [See 3rd image in photo above]
Within three months she was no longer having headaches. Within six months she was off all the pain medications she was given. She was able to resume a normal life, start losing weight and be able to restore the quality of her life that she had not had for years.
This is just one example of many, many people who we see here in the office that are getting better as a result of correcting the cause of these issues.Suffering From #Headaches? Learn How to Stop #Headache Pain Naturally Click To Tweet
New Life Chiropractic is the Rocklin, CA Solution to Ending Headache Pain
So you can see now what’s truly causing these issues and why most medical care does not work. Because medicine treats the symptom. No medical doctor looks at your spine and nervous system. Nobody’s looking for cause and they’re prescribing more medications that’s making you sicker and contributing to the cause of the issues and creating new worsening problems in your body.
Some of the natural things like massage, stretching, and exercise may be making your problem worse because you’re not addressing the true cause. What we specialize in is finding and correcting that cause naturally so you can avoid the dangers of more shots, more medications, and surgeries. So you can get your health and your life back to be able to do the things that you love to do and have the quality of life that you deserve.
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