There is No Such Thing as a Normal Headache

Today’s blog piece is pretty short but looks at a topic that is very important to understand in today’s medical world where degeneration and chronic illness are looked at as normal.

Believe it or not, pain is not normal.  There is no normal headache, normal low back pain any more than there is a normal toothache.  Pain is your body’s way of telling you there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

The biggest thing to consider here is where the pain came from.  Let’s say you placed your hand on a red hot oven burner.  Your natural reaction would be to immediately remove the hand from heat and to run cool water over the injury.  Note that he burner touching skin caused the injury and that a burn was not just something that happened to you naturally.  There was a direct cause and effect at work.

Now let’s look at someone with chronic headaches.  They have constantly sore muscles, are stressed out most of the time and sit at a desk job 8 hours a day.  First of all stress kills our bodies.  Chronic stress can slow healing and reduce our ability to withstand pain.  We also have to consider chronic physical strains such as leaning over a computer most of the day. Although this doesn’t cause pain like a red hot burner does it does, over time, stress the muscles in the neck and upper back which can lead to muscle tension.  Combine this with lifestyle factors such as poor diet, lack of sleep and other common things many people do it becomes clear that the “normal headache” is anything but normal and is actually the consequence of many smaller things adding up.

So the next time you thing “oh yeah it’s just normal for me to be in pain.” Remember that pain is a message from your body that something is wrong and needs to be fixed.  For many issues of chronic pain chiropractic care is the easiest, quickest and most effective treatment option.  For specific questions you can always call Arvold Chiropractic and ask.  We will let you know if chiropractic is a good option for your pain.  With offices in both Glenwood City and at the 4 Corners near New Richmond we are always ready to help.


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Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+


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