Headaches are extremely common and one of the main reasons people seek medical help. However, headaches are not normal.
A headache, like any pain you experience, is your body’s way of telling you that something is not right. Some headaches are the result of things like dehydration or improper diet. Others may be the symptom of poor posture, eye strain, hunger, excessive noise, daily stress or muscle strain to name a few. In rare cases, headaches can be attributed to organic conditions such as brain tumors or diabetes.
Dr. Dischler recognizes your neck and associated structures have a lot to do with the majority of headaches. Muscle tightness, poor posture and neck misalignments all contribute to headache pain. Any of the seven cervical vertebrae can become misaligned from excessive physical stress or even day-to-day activities like sitting at a desk all day or texting on your phone. This misalignment can irritate the nerves in the neck and may even cause minor constriction in some vessels which supply blood to the brain. When this happens, a headache can strike. Over and over. If not cared for in a timely manner, more serious symptoms may develop.
Regardless of the cause of your headache, you want relief fast! Taking a pain reliever only temporarily masks the symptoms, but it does not change the cause of the problem, which is why they recur.
At NFCA, we perform a detailed exam on all our patients to determine the exact cause of your headaches and design a treatment plan to address the cause and get you feeling better as soon as possible. Dr. Dischler has extensive training and experience helping her patients with headaches.