Headaches: The Chiropractic Answer

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Headaches: The Chiropractic Answer

According to the World Health Organization, at least 50% of all adults aged 18-65 have experienced a headache in the last year.

The causes of headaches can vary, but they are generally caused by excessive strain on muscles or nerves in the head and neck region and high stress levels. There are several types of headaches with different causes, duration and severity.

Chiropractor in Burnaby: What Causes Headaches?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, headaches caused by stress are the most frequently occurring primary headache disorder. They’re not considered a serious medical condition and are treatable with chiropractic care.

A headache is a common complaint among many who handle stress daily. Numerous types of headaches can be induced by stress, and tension headaches are the most common type. 

If you experience frequent, persistent or intense headaches that affect your quality of life, it’s time to look at what could be causing them. If you want to try an alternative approach before reaching for pain meds or other drugs, consider seeing a chiropractor in Burnaby to help with your headache issues!

The three most common headache types include tension, migraine, and cluster headaches.

Tension-Type Headaches

Tension-type headaches are the most common, characterized by tightness or pressure around your head and neck. They may feel like a band around your head or like someone is squeezing your temples. 

You may also experience muscle pain, neck and shoulders stiffness, dizziness and nausea. Tension headaches are often caused by:

  • Holding your head in a particular position for too long (i.e., keeping it in one spot for too long while reading)
  • Injuries to the neck area such as whiplash or sports injuries like tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Poor posture while sitting at a desk for long periods (or even playing video games)
  • Stress in life (work, personal relationships, etc.)
  • Stress at work, home or school
  • Skipping breakfast or lunch
  • Frequent migraines
  • Lack of sleep
  • Fatigue

Tension-type headaches affect an estimated 29 percent of Canadians. These headaches are caused by stress and tension, and several factors can trigger them.

An active lifestyle can help prevent tension headaches—so ensure you’re getting enough exercise daily!

Stress headaches are caused by tension in your upper back and neck muscles, which pressure the surrounding nerves. This pressure can cause pain in your head/neck region but is usually located behind or around one eye.

The good news is that while they may be uncomfortable (and certainly inconvenient), they do not pose a significant health risk—so long as you begin taking preventative action. Continual poor posture and high stress levels have been shown to contribute to long-term health complications. 

How a Chiropractor Can Help

The good news is that visiting a local Chiropractor in Burnaby can help you mitigate the physical stressors contributing to your headaches. You don’t have to live uncomfortably or constantly take pain medications. Working with a Chiropractor can help reduce muscle tension and soreness in the neck, shoulders, and upper back regions. Your chiropractic treatments from an RMT in Burnaby will have lasting effects at the physiological level to help you reduce the occurrence of headaches.

As your muscles are able to relax, they release a buildup of lactic acids and other toxin buildups from constant tension. When you work with a registered chiropractor in Burnaby, the specific treatments and massage therapy will help stimulate new, nutrient-rich blood flow to your muscle tissue in these problem areas, helping to reduce tension and improve your body’s circulation.

With improved circulation, you’ll also experience stress relief as your body releases endorphins and serotonin, hormones to help with mood regulation and pain relief. Chiropractic treatment will also help reduce your heart rate and lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels.

Chiropractor in Burnaby

Dr. Forest G. Eaton

Dr. Forest G. Eaton has been a Chiropractor in Burnaby for over ten years and grew up in the region. You will receive honest and transparent guidance, advice, and quality care from a trusted local chiropractor.

If you’ve been suffering from stress-related headaches lately, consider making an appointment with a registered Chiropractor in Burnaby who can help relieve your symptoms so you can get back to living without pain!

Massage Therapy in Burnaby

Tim Gropen

Tim Gropen is our Registered Massage Therapist in Burnaby who can assist with your headache relief and injuries from motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, TMJ, and many other conditions. With over 17 years of proven experience, you can be sure that your health is in the most capable hands at Burnaby Heights Chiropractic. Get in touch today at 604-298-0525.

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