Headaches Chiropractic Singapore
Headaches Chiropractic Singapore
If you're like me, then it's very likely you've experienced headaches before in your life...and you're not alone. Nine out of ten individuals suffer from headaches, some headaches are
occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause
debilitating pain and nausea.
What do you do when you have a throbbing, pounding headache? I usually try to drink more water, and bear it...until I can't take it anymore, then I pop some painkillers. What about you? Do you grit your teeth and bear? Or lie down? Or pop some pills?
There's a better solution.
Research has been documenting that spinal manipulation
– the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be
an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that
originate in the neck.
A report released in 2001 by
researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in
Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate
improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had
significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of
tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.
A 1995 study in the Journal of
Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal
manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and
that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks
experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those
patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.
Headaches Chiropractic Singapore:
Headaches have many causes, or
“triggers.” These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises,
lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise,
blood sugar changes, etc.). About 5 percent of all headaches are warning
signals caused by physical problems.
Ninety-five percent of headaches are
primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches.
These types of headaches are not caused by disease. The headache itself
is the primary concern.
“The greatest majority of primary
headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck,” says Dr.
George B. McClelland, a doctor of chiropractic from Christiansburg, VA.
“Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to,
and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This can
increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and
scalp, causing your head to ache.”
Headaches Chiropractic Singapore:
What can you do
- If you spend a large amount of time
in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing
machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to
one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a
comfortable range of motion.
Low-impact exercise may help
relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are
prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such
activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.
Avoid teeth clenching. The upper
teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This
results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints
that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a
form of tension headaches.
Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.
What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?
Dr. McClelland says your doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:
Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
Offer advice on posture, ergonomics
(work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice
should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the
muscles of the neck and upper back.
“Doctors of chiropractic undergo
extensive training to help their patients in many ways – not just back
pain,” says Dr. McClelland. “They know how tension in the spine relates
to problems in other parts of the body, and they can take steps to
relieve those problems.”
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