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Chiropractic Care can help Chronic Headaches and Migraines

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Chiropractic care can help chronic headaches and migraines.  As a chiropractor and lifelong headache and migraine sufferer, I know first hand how helpful chiropractic care can be when it comes to relieving headache pain.

Step One-Prevention.  First of all, most head pain comes from having poor spinal positioning, posture and reduced spinal mobility.  Many times the muscles in your neck develop poor contraction patterns, scar tissue between muscle layers and cause referred pain to your head from adhesions in the muscles.  Many of these problems will improve greatly with chiropractic adjustments to your spine especially your neck and upper back.  When your spine functions better many times headaches and or migraines reduce in frequency and intensity.

Step Two-Avoidance of Triggers.  If you are a migraine sufferer, avoid the things that cause your brain to go wonky.  If your problem is too much sunlight, make sure you wear a ball cap and polarized sunglasses.  If you get tension headaches, make sure you are getting up frequently from your computer and have your screen height and keyboard height set to minimize neck and upper back strain.

Step Three-Keep living.  Migraine sufferers, I speak from experience.  After two days of sitting in dark rooms and no improvement, get back to living.  During a beautiful summer, no one wants to spend three days a week in bed.  If after a day or so the dark room treatment isn’t helping, try getting back to activities you enjoy that help you keep your spirits up while avoiding those that hurt you.  You might find that you feel better after going on a bike ride but any water sports are killer.  Get out of bed and get on your bike.  It is not easy to motivate yourself when you feel crappy but lying around doesn’t usually help for long.  If you are going to hurt anyway, you might as well do something you enjoy.  Disclaimer—as long as you aren’t making yourself feel worse!

At my Plymouth chiropractic office, we improve the function of the spine so that you will often find relief from your head pain.  Call today, there is no use wasting a beautiful spring and summer feeling poorly.



Computer Screens and Back Pain

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

It doesn’t take a giant leap of faith to connect computer screens and back pain. When you spend endless hours sitting and looking at a screen with small print it is no wonder that you start to develop poor posture and back pain over time. Here are some simple strategies to make yourself feel better.

First, make sure your ergonomics are correct at work and at home. Two of the biggest mistakes I have seen are screen height and proximity of your mouse to your body. There are many websites dedicated to teaching you proper ergonomics. Many companies also have an employee onsite  who is trained to evaluate work stations.  Failing to use a docking station with your laptop at home is also tough on your spine.

Secondly, give a check to your posture and see what can be done to improve. Many times people have poor posture not because they are unwilling to sit up straight but because it becomes uncomfortable after a short time. If this describes you, it is important to deal with the cause. When your spine does not move properly on a segmental level it does not allow you to maintain good posture for an extended period of time. This can result in pain between the shoulder blades, headaches, and general fatigue while trying to sit up straight. Finding a chiropractor who can help you will make a big difference over the long term and will cause you to feel better quickly. When your spine is trapped in an endless cycle of poor posture, it tends to mold that way and the poor posture becomes even more set in. The sooner you can reverse this trend the better.  Chiropractic will help you to feel better.  At Active Family Chiropractic, we are always happy to help.

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