As I stated above, there are many types of headaches, but most of us just take a pill or two when we get one regardless of the cause. We just want to feel better. Some of us get headaches every day and some just once in a while. Actually, I am a chiropractor because of headaches, but not my own headaches. I have been married to my best friend since 1980. Way back then she suffered daily headaches and took more than a dozen Excedrin every day to find relief. She got help from a chiropractor and my career was born, more or less. But most headaches come in 5 major types; muscle tension, vascular, sinus, visual, migraine. There are others but these are the most common. A true visually cause headache is actually rather rare which leaves only 4 major groupings. Of those four types of headache all are either caused by or related to the subluxation. Let me explain.
As you know from my teaching, subluxations are joints in the spine that have been injured due to time, life, and gravity, that don’t move well, that cause nerve stress, muscle spasm, inflammation, scar tissue, and spinal degeneration. So one at a time:
1) Muscle spasm in the neck connects to the fronto-occipitalis muscle that runs from the neck to the forehead leading to muscle tension headaches.
2) Nerve stress in the upper neck feeds into what we call the sympathetic branches of the autonomic nerve system, and then travels back into the head to control the blood supply to the head and scalp – leading to vascular headaches.
3) Those same sympathetic nerves also control the mucus membranes of the sinus cavities in the head – sinus headaches.
Migraines are much more complex, and warrant an article by themselves. But the current theory on them is that they are due to faulty wiring in a portion of the brain. They are genetic. There are two types of migraine for our purposes here. One type links up with the sympathetic nerves in the top of the neck and one doesn’t. So, with migraines, one type has a connection to subluxation and one type doesn’t, and there is no way to know which is which without trying care. My wife has migraines that are connected to the neck so chiropractic helps her. Her cousin has migraines that are not connected to subluxation so chiropractic doesn’t help her. It took trial and error to figure both out.
So that’s it. Most headaches are caused by or intimately tied up with subluxation. You can suffer, take the pills, or fix the cause. Your choice. Thanks for reading. Please share this.