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Hey guys Dr. Nate DeJong here with Highest Health Chiropractic in Sioux Falls South Dakota
Today we are going to talk about headaches and migraines.
So a very common issue or symptom we see our practice members come into the office with is chronic headaches and chronic migraines.
The question is: Can you help with it?
The answer is: Absolutely!
There are a couple different mechanisms behind how the spine is related to headache. Let’s talk about it!
The first one is the upper part of the neck, a lot of those nerves exit the spine and they circle back up into the head.
So if we get rotation or misalignment of the bones in the upper part of the neck, we irritate those parts of the nervous system, and those are the nerves that are coming back up into the head, so that can be the root cause of headaches or migraines!
The other mechanism, and we hear this one a lot, is people say “ oh when I get tension in my neck, that tightness, as it gets worse, it just triggers headaches and I feel like I get tension headaches all the time. “
How that happens is that the first phase of spinal degeneration is the loss of the curve of the spine. When you lose the curve of the spine, what that does is it causes the head to drift forward which pulls on the back side of the neck. When it gets really bad, that muscle tension can trigger those headaches.
What we do is we help improve the structure of the spine Which helps to reduce how far forward that head is going, which takes tension off the muscles, reduces pressure off the nervous system, headaches go away!
So by improving the structure and the function of the spine, especially in the neck, we can get to the root cause of headaches and Migraines!