What causes headaches?
The most common causes are physical trauma, emotional stress, nutritional deficiencies, or chemical toxins. Sometimes there may be a combination of these and other factors. Our examination process helps identify the most likely cause.
Some estimates suggest 25% of the population has a headache right now! A comprehensive U.S. study reported that 10 million Americans suffer moderate to severe disability from various forms of headaches.
There are many types and causes of headaches. Regardless of the cause, if you have a headache, you want it to end, fast! This has produced a huge market for medications that cover up the symptoms of headaches. Powerful drugs can numb your nervous system so the pain doesn’t register. While these approaches may be convenient, they can cause adverse effects and kidney or liver damage. Worse, they don’t correct the underlying cause of the headache. Because headaches are so common, some people think that getting a headache is just a normal part of life, but headaches are a sign that something’s wrong.
A cause of headaches can be from spinal bones in the neck that aren’t supporting your head properly. They’re not moving right. This can affect nerves, muscles, and even the blood supply to your head. When bones of the spine lose their normal position or motion, sensitive nerves and blood vessels to the head can be affected. When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated, they can produce throbbing headaches. Aspirin and medications may cover up these warning signs, but do not correct the underlying structural cause.