Headaches are a very common condition.
If you or someone you know suffers from chronic headaches you know how awful and debilitating they can be. Whether its tension behind the eyes or at the base of the neck or migraines headaches are one of the most common problems people face. The good news is that in many cases they can be treated naturally without pills in a relatively short period of time.
One way to get some instant relief from a headache is a little muscle technique I show my patients. To do it, you make a fist with the index fingers middle knuckle slightly raised. Then you press the knuckle gently into the neck muscles that are feeling tight. Turn the head away from the knuckle about 45 degrees. Then with the other hand lightly apply pressure to the forehead while gently pressing the knuckle into the tight muscles. Hold this for about a minute. You can move the knuckle pressure point up and down the neck and repeat as needed.
This technique is great for some immediate symptomatic relief but it alone is not enough to eliminate headaches. The reason for this is that while the muscles being tight makes headaches worse, the reason the muscles are tight in the first place is often that the bones in the neck are misaligned and putting pressure on the spinal nerves which go to the muscles in the neck, head and upper back and shoulders.
Muscle reacts linearly to pressure on nerves. In other words, the more pressure on the nerves going to a specific muscle the tighter that muscle will be. If you can press on your neck or shoulders and it feels like a bar of iron or like there is a golf ball in there the bones in your neck are certainly misaligned and pinching the nerves exiting your spine.
There is a reason I treat so many people for headaches. Typically as we begin to address the underlying cause of the muscle tension and add some simple home care suggestions most people see dramatic relief within a few visits and in many cases complete resolution of the problem within several weeks.
If you have problems with headaches call our office today. You can also send us a message on Facebook or walk in to our offices as well. Don’t suffer needlessly with headaches. Address the underlying cause and feel better naturally without surgery or drugs.