Health-E-News February 2016
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Eliminate Tension Headaches with Chiropractic Care
Statistics say that nine out of ten people suffer from some sort of headaches, but if you ask the average person they'd probably say that it's ten out of ten. Almost all of us get headaches at some point, and in many cases these headaches aren't one-time phenomena. To get more specific, 95% of headaches are tension, cluster, or migraine headaches rather than a symptom of some more serious physical problems, and the vast majority of those are tension headaches.
While lots of people will take an over-the-counter pain pill and carry on with the day, this is not be the best solution. One reason for this is that these medicines only mask the pain rather than address the cause of the pain. Secondly, we as a society take too many pills as quick fixes, and our livers aren't improving as a result. Chiropractic care can be a better answer.
What Causes Tension Headaches?
The most common cause of tension headaches is a subluxation, or a slight misalignment of the vertebrae, in the upper back and neck. This misalignment can be caused by trauma, injury, toxins, allergens, or even psychological or emotional sources, and can result in inflammation of the surrounding muscles or nerve endings. Being involved in a jolting experience such as a car accident can result in this type of misalignment, but so can simply sitting at a computer all day. Even normal everyday "bad habits" can cause this neck tension, such as poor posture, poor diet, and having "unfit" muscles just from being out of shape.
Because of these common causes, there are much better home care solutions than popping a pain reliever. Changing your diet for the better, stretching every day, exercising, and using hot or cold packs on the back of the neck can all offer relief, and usually relief that lasts much longer than a pill. In fact, the changing of diet and/or exercise habits can be a permanent solution.
If none of these simple fixes do the trick in reducing or eliminating your tension headaches (or even if they do help but you want or need more relief), Chiropractic care has been shown to be an extremely effective treatment for headaches. A 2001 report from Duke University 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", according to the American Chiropractic Association's website.
Chiropractic is, essentially, the art of removing these subluxations, which are the most common cause of these headaches. It makes sense, therefore that Chiropractic treatment is one of the most effective treatments for common tension headaches, if not the most effective of all. The next time your head starts aching from what appears to be tension related, try one of these other remedies before running to the medicine cabinet. Better yet, don't wait for the headache to start, call us today to schedule an examination to assess your spinal health.
Harvard Health Recommends Chiropractic Care For Pain Relief
Chiropractic is a health care system that holds that the structure of the body, particularly the spine, affects the function of every part of the body. Chiropractors try to correct the body’s alignment to relieve pain and improve function and to help the body heal itself.
While the mainstay of chiropractic is spinal manipulation, Chiropractic care now includes a wide variety of other treatments, including manual or manipulative therapies, postural and exercise education, ergonomic training (how to walk, sit, and stand to limit back strain), nutritional consultation, and even ultrasound and laser therapies. In addition, Chiropractors today often work in conjunction with primary care doctors, pain experts, and surgeons to treat patients with pain.
Most research on chiropractic has focused on spinal manipulation for back pain. Chiropractic treatment for many other problems - including other musculoskeletal pain, headaches, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia - has also been studied. A recent review concluded that Chiropractic care may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain, and whiplash.
In addition, a Chiropractor may advise you about changing your biomechanics and posture and suggest other treatments and techniques.
Original Article from Harvard Health
Low Back Pain Didn't Ease With Opioids or Muscle Relaxers
People who went to the emergency department because of low back pain didn't get better pain relief from opioids or muscle relaxants than with a non-prescription painkiller, a randomized trial shows.
Low back pain is responsible for more than 2.5 million visits to U.S. emergency departments each year. Patients are usually treated with acetaminophen, skeletal muscle relaxants and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and opioids, often in combination.
Doctors in Bronx, New York, studied 323 patients who arrived at emergency with acute low back pain that started within the previous two weeks. Neither naproxen combined with oxycodone/acetaminophen nor naproxen combined with cyclobenzaprine offered better pain relief after a week or after a month.
Three months after the emergency department visit, almost a quarter of the group said they still felt moderate to severe pain requiring medication.
Thousands of studies have shown the effectiveness of Chiropractic care in treating low back pain. There is no need to suffer. The people in the previous study were still in pain 3 months later. Drugs are not the answer.