Headaches are one of the top three things we treat at Be Well Chiropractic.
The most common types are migraine, cluster, tension, and post-concussion.
A true migraine headache is hormonal in nature and much more obvious for a woman. The diagnosis of a migraine often leaves a person feeling very frustrated and medicated but still in pain.
A structural root cause can often be detected to help eliminate or reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraines.
- sensitivity to light and sound or feeling overstimulated
- sleep disturbances
- having headaches ‘since as long as you can remember’
- having headaches as the result of a trauma
- pain behind the eyes (cluster headaches)
- pain in the back of the head (tension headaches)
- pain in the neck
- dizziness or vertigo
- crying spells
- you are ‘allowed’ to have more than one kind of headache.
Cluster headaches: Cluster headaches, once examined correctly, have a true and obvious structural cause. All the bones of your skull ‘breathe.’ They don’t move like an arm. But fit like a puzzle piece with space in between. The key bone of the skull is called the sphenoid bone, and it looks like a raccoon mask, fitting neatly in behind the eyes. When one or both sides of this is stuck, this can result in a severe headache behind the eyes. In fact, when you are born, the sucking mechanism helps realign this. So if it did not get back in place properly when you were an infant, it could have always been this way. Yes, the neck is usually involved too, but this is a key component in those deathly cluster headaches.
Tension headaches. Look, chiropractic can’t take the stressors out of your life, but getting adjusted certainly does reset the body’s sensory response, reduces pain, and therefore can help the perception of stress. It is as simple as when you have a cold, and life is harder. If your body is so locked up and out of function from a lack of proper movement, the body itself will become a stressor. Breaking up these head, neck, and spinal adhesions allows the body to function the best it can individually. It can only help. Thoughts (stress and negativity), trauma (physical), and toxins (environment, diet) all lead to the body not performing well. A chiropractic adjustment addresses this triad, and proper education from Dr. Greg and myself, Dr. Janelle, allows you choices, correction, and encouragement.
Concussion or post-concussive headaches. Look, this hits home for Dr. Greg and me. I have had 6 that I remember. (That is always a joke to me). Car accidents, sports injuries, and a couple of freak accidents. I have a heart for the fact that my husband really had to be my treating doctor, and all the more, I understand that after a concussion, you are now changed. What I hear the most is how ‘no one understands because it is not on the outside.’ Very true. You can’t help that part. You need to know that one concussion is the very thing that makes you at risk for more because it scrambles your brain. Regardless of the cause, both of us are very versed in treating it with chiropractic and also coping strategies. This type of headache should not be overlooked.
Let me tell you about one other very key area in headache resolution. The C1 bone. It is the one right behind your ears and at the base of your skull. It is a highly mobile, very important piece of equipment for you. This bone is why we had to 2/3 of our schooling and why we value a safe exam at Be Well Chiropractic.
It is the ‘off switch’ of the body. Meaning, your brain is on all the time, and this first bone (the off switch) regulates it’s being balanced. If the off switch is stuck, imagine!!! The brain stem sits in the middle of C1. It is vital. It is important. It is a primary player in many things, not the least of which is headaches.
Upper neck and cranial work are a passion of mine, and my husband is brilliant at it, as he is the chiropractor who treated my head injuries.
Call today!: 615-302-2798: Dr. Gregory M. Hutti or Dr. Janelle F. Hutti at Be Well Chiropractic. Let us help you get to the root of the cause, eliminate your pain, and improve your quality of life. Mason will be happy to get you into our Franklin TN or Spring Hill TN locations Today.