Why Do Back Pain and Headaches Often Occur Together?

back pain and headaches

Are your weeks often plagued by recurring back pain and headaches that don't improve despite taking prescribed pain relievers? Do you have days when you can't muster the strength and energy to get out of the house for a quick run around the neighborhood or a trip to the grocery? Is it becoming difficult to work or function because of your symptoms? 

Thousands to millions of patients can relate to your situation. Many are at wit's end trying to figure out why their back aches often occur with headaches. Find out what links these two symptoms and how you can manage both with the help of Upper Cervical Care.

Back Pain and Headaches: The Link Explained

Chances are, like most people looking for back pain relief, you are equally baffled as to why your symptoms often come with headaches. Is it pure coincidence? Or is there an underlying problem that warrants immediate attention?

If you Google this topic, you will find several medical journals explaining the connection between headaches and back pain. Then, you would quickly realize that they all point to one issue: posture.

Notably, besides affecting how people perceive you, your body posture can impact various physiological functions like transmitting signals to and from your inner ears, draining fluids in your head, and keeping your brain chemicals well-balanced. 

That’s why it’s not surprising that people with poor posture often experience headaches or balance problems. The misalignment of the spinal bones also puts several muscles and nerve roots at risk of pinching or twisting, leading to symptoms like back pain that don’t improve despite resting or taking pain medications. 

Hence, it is extra crucial to pay attention to your posture and factors that put it at risk, such as previous whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, and concussions. Notably, such events can dislodge your C1 and C2 bones, the topmost bones of the spine found directly under the head. 

Traumatic events can cause ligament tears in the neck, consequently leading to subluxation. Additionally, when the topmost neck bones shift from their neutral position, the rest of the vertebral bones twist, tugging on nearby muscles and your nerves and blood vessels. This chain of events can also affect the lower back, especially when the shoulders and hips become unlevelled.

Book a Consultation with an Upper Cervical Care Professional to Eliminate Back Pain and Other Recurring Symptoms

Now that we’ve established the importance of maintaining proper posture, you better understand why it pays to seek Upper Cervical Care. As a uniquely designed form of chiropractic care, Upper Cervical Chiropractic aims to fix the alignment of the C1 and C2 bones which significantly change when you hurt your neck or head. 

By correcting the cervical spine, the rest of the vertebral bones follow suit, providing you with maximum relief from your recurring symptoms like back pain and headaches. 

Upper Cervical Chiropractic is gentle as it uses low-force and carefully calculated adjustments on the C1 and C2 bones. It has worked wonders for many patients over the years, especially those who have depended so much on pain medications and other remedies. 

Feel free to book your initial atlas and axis bone assessment today. You can find board-certified NUCCA, Blair, Knee-Chest, Atlas Orthogonal, Orthospinology, EPIC, or other types of Upper Cervical doctors using our directory.


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