Headaches & Chiropractic

Headaches (definition) –  pain in the head which can arise from many disorders or may be a disorder in and of itself.

Most Common Types of Headaches – Tension, Cluster, & Migraine s

According to Google: Searches related to what causes headaches

Migraine
A recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision
Tension headache
The most common type of primary headaches. the pain can radiate from the neck, back, eyes, or other muscle groups in the body. …
Migraine headaches
A neurological syndrome characterized by altered bodily perceptions, severe headaches, and nausea. physiologically, the migraine headache is a neurological condition more common to women than to men. …
Cluster headache
A type of severe headache that tends to recur over a period of several weeks and in which the pain is usually limited to one side of the head
Stress
Cause mental or emotional strain or tension in
According to Wikipedia: the disease path that causes headaches is

The brain itself is not sensitive to pain, because it lacks pain receptors. However, several areas of the head and neck do have nociceptors, and can thus sense pain. These include the extracranial arteries, large veins, cranial and spinal nerves, head and neck muscles and the meninges.[11]

Headache often results from traction to or irritation of the meninges and blood vessels. The nociceptors may also be stimulated by other factors than head trauma or tumors and cause headaches. Some of these include stress, dilatedblood vessels and muscular tension. Once stimulated, a nociceptor sends a message up the length of the nerve fiber to the nerve cells in the brain, signaling that a part of the body hurts.[12]

According to the American Chiropractic Association:

  • Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
“Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways – not just back pain,” says Dr. McClelland. “They know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and they can take steps to relieve those problems.”
At Palmer Chiropractic, we work with our patients to correct vertebra that are misaligned and causing neurological dysfunction. When the nervous system is free of interference and the body can utilize the maximum ability to command and control all of the bodily functions, many of our patients complaints go away. As a chiropractor I do not treat headaches, but many of my patients who have had their vertebra  adjusted and the interference corrected, have comment how the headaches have lessened in intensity and frequency. Call today with Dr. Trace Palmer for your chiropractic evaluation.
Palmer Chiropractic
11400 Ford Ave
Richmond Hill, GA  31324
912-756-3433

Neck Exercises – Promote a Healthier Spine

            Exercise for the neck is very important since weak muscles are related to many symptoms in the neck and can contribute to fatigue, irritability, headache, sleep loss, and more.  When done correctly (perform slowly, staying within “reasonable” pain boundaries), they can increase your range of motion, reduce stiffness/tightness, and strengthen your neck muscles.

The exercises combine range of motion (ROM) against light/partial resistance in 4 directions.  To do these correctly: 1. Push your head into your hand while moving the head to the end of its motion, “…letting the head win” (See A, C, E, G).  2. Repeat this going back in the opposite direction by “letting the hand win” (see B, D, F, H), again, moving through the entire range of motion.  ALWAYS push the head into the hands, Make sure you move the head against resistance in BOTH directions, 3 times each (A-B then B-A x3; C-D then D-C x3) then, (E-F then F-E x3, and lastly, G-H then H-G, x3 reps). The trick is doing this VERY slowly (to build motor control and coordination) and to move through the entire “comfortable” range of motion.  Repeat 3x slowly.  If pain worsens, lighten up on the amount of pressure used or stop the movement just prior to the sharp pain onset. If you can’t make it to the end of the movement due to pain, make a note of how many reps it took before the onset or increase of pain and how far you could move your head. Do 3 slow reps and then move to the next exercise direction.


(The arrow represents the direction the head is moving and the hands are resisting, but not stopping the movement; Use light pressure through the full ROM)

These exercises can be performed 1 to 3x/day according to tolerance and will increase ROM, increase strength, and build coordination, all at the same time.

Warning: Use the 2 Hour Rule: “If your condition worsens within 2 hours of any activity, consult your chiropractor before continuing the exercises.

ChiropracTIC is the science and art of finding and correcting vertebra that are misplaced and causing neurological dysfunction. By moving the vertebra back to its normal position and allowing the command and control system of the body (the nervous system) to function at optimum performance, your body is free to function as it should. Call today to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor.

Yours in health,

Dr. Trace Palmer – Chiropractor

Palmer Chiropractic, 11400 Ford Ave

Richmond Hill, Ga 31324

912-756-3433

Reggie Gold explains Chiropractic

Reggie Gold takes you through the journey of “What is Chiropractic”

In memory of Reggie Gold, a Doctor of ChiropraTIC. He will be missed.

December 16th, 1925 – March 24th, 2012

“If you are not out to change the world, everything else is just ‘Mickey Mouse’.” ~ Reggie Gold

Reggie Gold stands among a few that can truly state that they have fought the good fight, turned the crank, and stood up for chiropracTIC.

Just my Thots,

Trace Palmer, DC

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