Headaches caused by your back or neck can be triggered by something as simple as sleeping in a bad position or looking at your phone for too long. However, that is likely just what triggered the pain. The underlying issue may be a misalignment in your neck or back. Regardless of what triggered it, Chiropractic treatment for headaches needs to address the root cause.
A slight misalignment of the vertebrae in your neck or back, known as subluxation, can cause neck pain, headaches, migraines, tinnitus and many other issues. Every system in your body can be impacted by spinal issues.
A Gonstead chiropractor can help identify and correct subluxation. Often patients are amazed at how quickly Gonstead Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches can restore their health and relive pain.
Once your health is restored, focus on good posture to help maintain your spinal health. Often we can spend hours in bad posture without realizing it. Also, some activities like stretching and exercise can have benefits and reduce the likelihood of issues. Here are some activities to think about:
Back and Neck Posture when At Work
Many are now enjoying the convenience of working from home. But, often with that comes the inconvenience of sitting for long hours with poor posture. Think about where you spend time working. Consider both your chair’s impact on your back posture, as well as the position of your neck. Sitting in a great chair while hunched over a laptop can still cause issues. A computer stand or raised desk that allows you to adjust your posture can have real benefits.
Headaches from Watching TV
For better or worse, most Americans spend hours watching TV every day. It is easy to forget your posture when sucked into a good show. Most couches, though comfortable initially, can cause bad posture. Think about both your back and also whether your neck is kinked or turned to the side while you are watching TV.
Social media and Neck Pain
Looking at social media on your phone for hours can be even worse than watching TV. This is because the position you are in likely involves both a kinked neck and also one arm raised. Most people only hold their phone in one hand. Try to consider and adjust your position, reduce viewing time or periodically change devices.
Long Rides in the Car Causing Headaches
If you spend a lot of time in the car for work, or travel when you are off, your posture in the car can have a big effect on your spine. Most times the seat in your car is adjustable. Generally your thigh should be horizontal. Some cars will tend to put your knees in a raised position which can cause issues. If your chair cannot be adjusted adequately, consider a seat pad. Talk to us if you are unsure.
Is your Bed (mattress & pillow) Causing Back & Neck Pain?
We all spend hours in bed every night. Obviously, your posture while sleeping can have a real impact on your back and neck. It may be worth thinking about your mattress and pillow. There is no one size fits all solution, though a firmer mattress and ergonomic pillow is often better.
Exercise for Pain Free Living
As we know, exercise is necessary to maintain health overall. It is difficult, if not impossible, to avoid issues if living a sedentary lifestyle. If you have not been exercising, try to find something that you enjoy doing. That will make it more likely you will stick with it. Another choice can be to find something easy to start with. If you can, take a daily walk as a start.
Stress, Neck Pain & Headaches
Stress can cause many problems, including stiff muscles and spinal issues. Depending on the cause, reducing stress may take time and require life changes. In the short-term you can consider meditation, exercise, a change of scenery or other things. If you have a lot of stress in one area of your life, reducing stress in another may benefit you. Even small incremental changes can help. Think about what you can do now, regardless of what is causing your stress. If you do suffer from headaches, remember we are here to help.
Stretching Your Muscles can have many Benefits
Proper stretching may make it less likely that spasms will pull your back or neck out of alignment. Many report that yoga can have long term benefits if the practice is followed correctly. You might start with simple stretches at home. Do be cautious and seek competent advice when starting any new activity.
The Gonstead Method can Identify Issues
If you have read this far and are still unsure of what applies to you, consider things you may be doing elsewhere. Something as simple as carrying a bag that is too heavy can cause issues. Talk to us if you’re unsure. As Doctors of Chiropractic, and particularly with the Gonstead Method physical examination, we likely will be able to provide some insight on your issue.
Pain Prevention with Gonstead Chiropractic
If you are having issues or pain, make sure to schedule an appointment. Also know that regular checkups can help things from going that far. A benefit of Gonstead chiropractic is the thorough evaluation we provide. This evaluation is the first-step for Gonstead Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches and allows a targeted adjustment when needed. This is one reason why the Gonstead method provides such great results.
Again always remember, we are here to help. Your health and wellbeing is our goal.