Headaches are prevalent in the world with nearly half of people around the world dealing with tension headaches, migraines headaches, or some other type of headache condition. While some headaches may seem to come out of nowhere, others have a very obvious starting point. For example, for many, a concussion occurs before the onset of headaches. What are some common causes of concussions and how does such an injury lead to headaches?
What Causes Concussions that Lead to Headaches?
The range of events that may lead to concussions are many and varied. For example, many concussions are sports-related. But did you know that high school girls who play soccer are more likely to experience concussions than high school boys who play American football? Researchers blame the lack of head protection for soccer players and how frequently heading the ball is practiced.
Besides sports, other causes of concussion may include:
- Car accidents
- Horseback riding accidents
- A slip and fall
- Domestic abuse
How Concussion Injuries Lead to Chronic Headaches
Any time the head is struck or whipped back and forth fast enough to cause a concussion, a neck injury is also likely. Concussions and whiplash injuries frequently go hand-in-hand. Once the neck is involved, an upper cervical misalignment can lead to long-term symptoms such as headaches.
This is because a C1 or C2 misalignment can affect brainstem function, blood flow to the brain, and cerebrospinal fluid drainage. These changes can all be factors in headache conditions. It makes sense then to consider upper cervical alignment when headaches arise following any type of head or neck trauma.
Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in finding and correcting C1 and C2 misalignments using an extremely gentle method that results in long-lasting adjustments. This gives the body time to heal and may resolve headache conditions that were related to the misalignment.
To learn more, contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you to schedule a consultation.