Posted on: October 27, 2015
There are not very many of us who have never had a headache. For some people headaches are simply an annoyance, but for others they are a severe, miserable component of everyday life. There are over 20 different types of headaches, all with their own unique causes. For the migraine sufferer, though, there is only one REAL headache.
Since I started practicing 30 years ago, I have had my own challenges with headaches, including migraines. And like many of you, I have tried all kinds of things to control them. Over the years I have studied the problem, both for myself and for my patients.
Headaches have been around for a long time and a great deal of research has been done. But how do you apply that information to your own life, and how do you know what information is factual?
Which brings me to this month’s bit of practical advice: What you can do about headaches.
I have found that many of my clients have learned a lot about headaches, especially the specific type to which they are prone. Migraine sufferers in particular are motivated to read about their affliction. Turn on the TV any night and you’re sure to see several commercials featuring the latest in medication, treatment, etc. Usually by the time a person comes in to see me, they have already tried more than one remedy and may have seen more than one doctor.
More remedies are available today than ever before; some are over-the-counter, some are folk remedies and many are prescription medications. The challenge for all of us is to figure out which therapies will work, and when. The most important question, of course, is whether there is a way to avoid getting the headaches in the first place.
The last 15 years of chiropractic have brought about an unprecedented increase in the application of scientific research methods to our 120-year-old profession. Studies now show that headaches can be relieved and prevented through chiropractic care. Most of my patients already know this from experience, but it is reassuring that science is catching up, isn’t it? So what else do we know about migraines? Or cluster headaches? Or your headache?
Reducing The Risk
Years of clinical experience have convinced me that most headaches have more than one cause. In the case of migraines in particular, there is usually more than one headache-promoting factor involved. Any one contributing factor alone may not cause a headache… in fact, any two or three may not. But at some point the factors add up, and then you have a headache. By that time it is too late to take preventive action. Therefore, to reduce suffering, I believe the best course of action is to learn about the contributing factors to your type of headache and start eliminating them — as many as possible!
So if you or someone you know has recurring headaches, whether they are migraines or not, there are things you can do to find relief. Here’s where you can start:
Why suffer unnecessarily? To start taking control of your headaches, take the first step and call the office at 805-497-1072. Schedule an appointment so that I can evaluate your situation. If you can eliminate the causes of headaches from your life, you may be able to live headache free!
At Westlake Village Chiropractic Arts, we are committed to supporting you in your journey of greater health & well-being. Contact us for your next visit.
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