-The caffeine junkie whose husband accidentally gets her a decaf
-Food allergies or sensitivities
-Most people on March 18th
-Being a new parent (I can relate!)
-Having a fight with a loved one
-Allergies and stuffed up sinuses
-HItting your head on the car door
-Having tight muscles in your neck
Any one of these things can give you a headache, but none of them are normal. I've had patients who get 2-3 headaches a week, and they have for so long that that has become thier baseline. Their body is crying out for their attention, but they are so used to dealing with the pain that they ignore it. These are usually the people that have a serious problem with their necks, and I would say 80% of them have been in an auto accident (but I'll leave that for another post). All of the problems that I listed above can affect the nerves that come from the vertebrae in the neck. This irritation to these nerves causes the muscles that correspond to them to spasm and before you know it it's headache time. Many times the problem is transient and once your body is back to its normal state your headache will disappear. But sometimes the problem runs deeper and outside help is necessary.
Fortunately chiropractic care can help deal with this problem. By stretching the muscles of the neck and ensuring that the vertebrae are properly aligned, many times headaches can be dealt with without popping Aleve or other medications. At home stretches and exercises can also help to keep this problem from returning. If you or someone you know puts up with "normal" or any type of headaches, please call and make an appointment. Don't put up with headaches unnecessarily.