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.

Will it be painful to get a Chiropractic Adjustment?:  No, we offer gentle methods if you are apprehensive of a popping sound in your neck, and scale our treatment intensity to your pain level.Many patients get their joints aligned with little to no force treatment options we provide.

How Can a tell if I have a Joint issue?;  The chiropractor’s main analysis tool is their highly trained hands.  By analyzing normal movement, joint imbalance can be detected simply and easily. Other methods for detecting issues are X-ray, range of motion analysis.

We take a holistic look at your case:  See our multiple part Series Part 2, Part 3, Part 4,

What training do the Doctor’s at Day Wellness have?

We received a Doctorate of Chiropractic which most of the public are unaware of the scope of. The education is equal to osteopathic, or medical school in it’s curriculum and time frame of training and preparation.

Doctor’s of Chiropractic are skilled in analyzation of how your nervous system is communicating with your musculoskeletal system.  By finding imbalances they can then go about balancing the structures that are causing your pain hands on.

A little extra for those readers that want even more info about their headache.

Here are some the patterns of cervical nerves and how they provide sensation to our scalp and head. This does not even explore the muscles that are innervated by the cervical nerves as well. Whose referral patterns are even more detailed (see part 2)

As you can see C2 and C3 provide a large amount of sensory nerve signals to the head and scalp.  We often find the joints associated with those nerves to be problematic in long term headache sufferers.


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