What is Causing my Headache?: Part 1- Spinal Joint Alignment
What is Causing my Headaches? This multiple article series will help you figure out what has gone wrong within your body to create the presentation of a pain somewhere in the head.
Stock image of headache sufferer here:
Headaches are a common condition that Doctor’s of Chiropractic treat. I have seen a vast array of headache types and have been able to provide relief. Headaches were a condition I battled with until I found the techniques I’ll be discussing in this series of articles.
For the first cause of headache and one of chiropractic’s main specialities look no farther than the neck (cervical) spinal joints.
These joints are called Facet Joints circled in red.
(The occiput is the base of your skull, it moves upon your first cervical vertebrate, called your atlas. The Atlas or C1 and Axis C2 connect together at the joint and allow you the ability to turn you head, flex your head, bend your head etc. They are surrounded by a joint capsule, See circles in read in Figure 1)
The joint capsule is filled with nerve endings and these nerve endings feed back into your central nervous system. (see the image 2. drawing of the brain and spinal cord, all joints and muscles communicate back to the spinal cord and brain)
In Summary: Imbalanced movements of any joint of the upper neck, can relay pain signals to the brain.
This can cause abnormal muscle spasm and pain signals into the face and scalp.
Get your joint movement and alignment analyzed by a Functional Chiropractor who will look at the big picture. Joints could be relaying pain signals that are the cause of you headache.
Patients report almost every week to our office with a headache referred from a joint in the cervical spine that is not functioning properly. If you have sought out other treatments and doctor’s without help, you owe it to yourself to get your spinal joints analyzed at Day Wellness.