Headaches are a common health problem that can be frustrating to deal with. Many grab the nearest painkiller when a headache threatens. However, medication only covers over the pain and does not address the root of the problem. This means that medication is not a one-time cure for headaches, but rather must be taken each time a headache hits. This can lead to what is termed a rebound headache, meaning the medication actually causes another, possibly worse, headache to occur, thereby creating a cycle of pain and pills.
When headache patients seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, they find we often can provide natural, side-effect-free headache relief. This is not something that needs to be performed each time a headache happens. Rather, by addressing the underlying cause of headaches, the condition may go away and rarely or never come back.
A Successful Way to Care for Headaches Naturally
A study was performed by Dr. Erin Elster, an upper cervical chiropractor. She looked at 101 patients who complained of headaches. In the month before the study, these people reported having a total of 1,407 headaches or an average of 14 headaches per person per month. Each of the participants got an upper cervical adjustment, and they were re-evaluated in the 30 days following this. They now only reported a total of 111 headaches or one headache per person per month.
Upper cervical chiropractors focus on making sure that the C1 and C2 vertebrae are in alignment. If not, they can be placing pressure on the brainstem causing the right environment for headaches to occur. We use a gentle method to encourage the bones to realign naturally, without the need for popping or cracking the spine. These long-lasting adjustments give the body time to heal, potentially resulting in fewer or no headaches.