Most people have experienced headaches at some stage, and while headaches are common and can be caused by a variety of factors such as stress, posture, dehydration, or lack of sleep, they can also be a sign of underlying health issues. One often overlooked cause of headaches is the neck and posture.
In this blog, we will explore the link between neck issues and headaches, and how a visit to our chiro near Tweed Heads may help alleviate your neck and headache problems.
The brain itself cannot feel pain, as it lacks pain receptors. However, the tissues and nerves that surround the brain, such as the scalp, skull and neck muscles, can feel pain. Headaches occur when these tissues are stimulated by various triggers such as stress or muscle tension. There are different types of headaches (see our blog on this) but the most common ones are tension headaches and migraines.
The Connection between the Neck and Headaches
Our neck is made up of seven vertebrae that are connected by muscles, ligaments, and nerves. These structures work together to support the weight of our head and allow for its range of motion. However, when the neck is under strain due to poor posture, injury or underlying spinal problems, it can lead to tension and stiffness in the muscles and joints.
This tension and stiffness can then radiate into the head, causing headaches. When the neck muscles are tight and strained, they can also compress nerves that run from the base of the skull to the head. This compression can trigger headaches, including migraines.
How Our Chiro’s Near Tweed Heads Can Help
Our Chiropractic care near Tweed Heads is an holistic approach that focuses on the proper alignment and functioning of the spine and body. Our Chiropractors have decades of experience and undergone additional study to become skilled at helping their clients with all types of musculoskeletal issues, such as the neck.
Once the root cause of your headaches is identified, following an initial consultation (includes treatment), our chiropractors will develop an individualised treatment plan that may involve soft tissue therapy, specialised chiro techniques (eg manual therapy, activator, ART), and exercises to improve neck mobility and strength.
By addressing the underlying causes, we aim to reduce muscle tension and nerve compression that may be causing your headaches. It can also help to improve spinal alignment, which can lead to better overall wellbeing and fewer headaches.
There are a number of effective treatments for headaches, such as manual therapy, soft tissue techniques and appropriate self-management strategies we may be able to help with, for example, appropriate exercises, advice on posture, ergonomics and sleeping positions.
In some cases headaches may be symptomatic of an underlying condition such as hypertension, infection or other issues. Our practitioners will appropriately refer if necessary.
If you struggle with chronic headaches, it may be worth considering a visit to our chiro near Tweed Heads. Remember, headaches are not something that you have to live with. Book an appointment with Tweed Coast Chiropractic today.