Most people at some point in time will suffer from a headache, and a subpopulation will unfortunately suffer on a daily or weekly basis. Often times these headache suffers are not able to obtain significant relief for any extended period of time. They are forced to take over the counter medication, or get an expensive prescription for daily function. Medication can literally be a life saver, but unfortunately most medication when taken for extended periods of time have serious consequences on our organs. We have had several patients who now suffer from ulcers and other digestive issues from having to use medication for extended periods of time, some had to take medication for decades.
Posture can influence headache intensity or frequency. This is one of the most common reasons people suffer. These individuals may receive some relief from a massage or some form of muscle relaxation just to have the headaches comeback (1). These are often classified as a tension headache. Tension headaches follow physical or emotional stress. They will occur at the end of the day, or when you are around an irritating individual. Unfortunately, we cannot always eliminate the physical or emotional irritation. http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/tc/headache-prevention-posture-and-body-mechanics-topic-overview
The second reason is believed to be the vertebral artery. The vertebral artery is a very important artery to the brain. This artery starts approximately at the sixth cervical vertebra and ascends through the transverse processes (a portion of the vertebra) all the way up into the brain. It is believed that when the atlas misaligns the blood to and from your brain may be altered. The altered flow may lead to an accumulation of metabolic toxins as the brain digests sugars. These individuals typically also suffer from migraines as well.
The third may be a malformation at the base of your skull. The malformation is called Arnold Chiari Malformation (ACM)(3). They believe it happens about 1 in 1000 births. Diagnostic imaging is needed to confirm this malformation. The malformation can cause the brain stem sit awkwardly at the base of the skull. One of the most common symptoms of ACM are headaches and may be affected by position. Often times ACM can be compound by a misalignment of the atlas. The misalignment can add stress and tension to the surrounding area.
The doctors at Synergy Balance have found that often times the headaches and migraines originate from the upper portion of the neck. When the top vertebra of the neck misaligns the effect can be significant, especially to those who suffer from headaches. We have patients who suffer from headaches, but after an accident or injury saw a significant increase in frequency and intensity. The misalignment commonly is the cause of the headache, but can compound pre-existing conditions.
If you are suffering from headaches or migraines, please call our office for a free consultation. We want to help!
Dr. Bryan & Brittney Asby