Here is a conversation that I find myself having quite often.  Someone will mention to me that they have a headache, and being the nosy guy that I am, I will ask them about it.  9 times out of 10 this person will tell me that it's a just a "normal" headache, to which I always reply "What's a normal headache?"  Everyone gets a headache now and then, but there is always a reason for it.  A headache is not a "normal" state for your body.  In fact it is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong.  You can get a headache for a number of different reasons, but they all fall into 3 different categories.  Here are a few examples from each.

-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
-Financial troubles

-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.          

I'm very excited to announce that Sarah Matzke is going to be joining the office as of April 4th as our new receptionist!  She's going to be a great addition to the practice.  Make sure you stop by and say hi!
This coming week marks the unofficial opening of Sullivan Chiropractic!  We will be doing the official announcement in a few weeks, but we begin seeing patients on Monday!  Give us a call to schedule an appointment, or just drop in to say hi and see the new office!