A headache is more than a ache in your head. It involves other parts of your body, too. At the core of your problem may be your spine, which often gets pushed out of alignment by poor posture, injury or bad sleeping habits. This may eventually lead to a tension or migraine headache. Certain substances, such as caffeine, alcohol, or cigarettes, can also contribute to migraine headaches.
Your spine’s three natural curves gives your body flexibility it needs to withstand stress. Good posture keeps your spinal curves aligned. When your cervical curve (your neck) is aligned, surrounding structures, like your spinal nerves, perform their jobs more smoothly because they aren’t stressed or irritated.
Tension headaches are the most common kind of headache you can get. Although stress and fatigue can make them worse, or trigger the onset of pain, a tension headache often starts with misaligned vertebrae. This misalignment may irritate a spinal nerve, setting in motion other physical problems, like tightening muscles, and causing a stead, “viselike” pain of a tension headache.
Migraines often begin with misalignment either restricting blood flow into your head or irritating a spinal nerve. This nerve irritation upsets your autonomic nervous system, which controls unconscious functions like the narrowing and expansion of your blood vessels. Foods that narrow blood vessels or expand them can also cause migraines.
If you are having problems with either tension headaches or migraines give us a call we can help.