It's been said that pain is mother nature's way of telling you something is wrong. That's certainly true of headaches. Yet many headache suffers regularly take pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications without seeking the cause of their headaches. Headaches certainly aren't due to a lack of aspirin, tylenol, ibuprofen or any other medication. These medications mask the pain without addressing the underlying cause.
Causes are many. The very medications taken to alleviate headaches can cause headaches! Even though these medications can be bought over-the-counter, they have potentially serious side effects. Anti-inflammatories are know to cause kidney damage and effect can be cumulative. In addition they cause irritation to the lining of the stomach and intestines which can lead to serious bleeding and ulcers. Anti-inflammatory medications have also been linked to increased risk of hear attacks. Tylenol (acetominophen) can damage the liver.
Most common cause Perhaps the most frequent cause is the one chiropractors treat. These are known as cervicogenic headaches. This is a term for headaches that have their cause in the neck. Sometimes these are referred to as tension headaches and migraine headaches when the pain becomes especially bad.
These headaches often begin with pain in the neck that travels to the back of the head. Pain can even travel to the temples or forehead or behind the eyes.
The underlying cause is irritation of nerves in the joints, muscles and ligaments in the neck. Chiropractic care is aimed at improving joint motion, reducing muscular tension and ligament stress brought on by misalignment of the neck, past injury or poor posture.
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