Headache Relief with Chiropractic Care

headache relief with chiropractic careDiscover….

  • Why headache medication can make your headaches worse!
  • The most common reason your headache has not gone away!
  • How to determine if your doctor is keeping you from getting better.
  • If your headache can be eliminated in 2 weeks or less!

Headaches are not normal!!! They are a sign that something is wrong.

Your body is designed to be free of pain. Feeling good is the normal state. Feeling throbbing, pounding pain in your skull that doesn’t seem to go away, like a bad house guest is not normal.

Neither is the nauseous feeling that comes whenever you go out on a sunny day or see a bright light, lying awake at night praying your headaches will disappear, feeling and looking miserable, irritable, and older than you really are. There is also the frustration of knowing that your friends and family just don’t understand what you are going through.

And thanks to those clever headache pain relief commercials, medicine cabinets, purses, and glove compartments all over the country are fully stocked with medication for the “normal” headache.

So, if you one of the millions of Americans who suffer from annoying, pestering, mind-numbing headaches, then

Hi, I am Dr. Laura Sheehan, known in the city as “the headache doctor”.

When I discovered that one in six Americans are chronic headache victims, I nearly fell out of my chair!

I couldn’t believe that so many Americans suffer day in and day out when they really don’t have to any more… And chances are neither do you!

That’s why I stepped forward to write this simple yet informative report. So please, for your own sake read every word carefully, it may be the most important message you will ever hear!

Six Headache Relief Misconceptions

Over the counter medication treats the cause of your headache
It’s almost criminal that the drug companies are hiding from you that the headache relieving drugs they advertise don’t actually target the real cause of headaches.

Here’s the real truth: These pills cover up your headache by simply disabling the brain’s ability to feel pain. That is why your headache comes back when the pills wear off!

If you broke your leg and just took pills so you didn’t have to feel the pain, the pain would come back when the pills wore off.

If these drugs actually treated the real cause of your headaches, then shouldn’t your headaches go away permanently? But they don’t!

These pills only sweep pain under the rug. The real cause of your headaches remains untreated and that is why you keep suffering.

Headache medication can’t harm you
One thing many headache sufferers don’t know about the drugs they take is that these pills are not 100% safe. In fact, a lot of the side effects you may experience are far worse than the headaches you’re trying to cover up for a measly four hours of relief.

You see, the way these pills disable your ability to feel headaches is to disable a little hormone in your body that acts like a messenger to your brain. Of course, our bodies, being highly attuned machines, have figured out how to use these hormones for more jobs than one. So if you disable the hormone from doing just one job, it will also not do all the other jobs in your body.

This can lead to all sorts of problems. You can get something as minor as a rash or severe like sudden liver or kidney problems. Did you know that 600 liver transplants per year are unnecessarily caused by people taking Motrin to block pain and they end up ruining their liver function? Do you think the drug advertisers on TV will tell anyone that? The more often you take these medications, the more your risk will increase!

Also medication seldom increases your body’s ability to respond to stress appropriately. It usually decreases your body’s natural ability to fight disease too.

Stress can cause headaches
Yes, stress is a part of living. It is not the cause of your headaches. Have you ever heard of that saying “ only the strong survive?” Have you ever heard of “survival of the fittest”? It is how your body adapts to stress that determines if “stress” will affect your health or how you feel.

So, in a minute, I will explain how you can quickly and easily increase your body’s ability to adapt to stress in the report coming up.

Headaches go away on their own
Tony Robbins has a saying “The definition of insanity is doing the same things and expecting different results.” If you truly do want to get rid of your headaches, then you are going to have to do something different, something natural and hopefully something drug free and something proven.

All doctors know how to treat headaches
“If you are a hammer all you see are nails” Hammers hit nails, and M.D.’s Prescribe medication.

Expecting a different approach from your medical doctor will only lead to disappointment. Before we go any further, let me stress to you that there is a place for necessary medication. But more importantly, the cause of the problem must be identified because the wrong diagnosis=the wrong care.

And if your doctor’s treatment fails, you will probably get even stronger medications or in an extreme case, your doctor may recommend surgery. Personally, I think there may be times when one needs surgery, but in regard to headaches—I have seen that it rarely if ever is needed.

There are natural alternatives that work a lot better, without the risk of invasive procedures and side-effecting medications. In fact, if you really want great results without all the risk of drugs or surgery, doesn’t it make sense to try a natural solution first?

Your problem is where your pain is
Even though you may be feeling your headaches in your sinuses or on the top of your head, that doesn’t mean necessarily that is where the cause of the problem is located.

For instance, often times people with a bulging disc in their low back often get pain, weakness and numbing in their legs and their back feels fine. There isn’t anything wrong with their legs, the source is higher.

One of the most common causes of headaches that do not originate in the head is called a “Cervicogenic headache”.

“The Cervicogenic Headache is a big word for a headache which has it’s origin in the area of the neck. The source of pain is found in the structures around the neck which have been damaged. These structures include the joints, ligaments, muscles and cervical discs, all of which have complex nerve endings. When these structures are damaged, the nerve endings send pain signals up the pathway from the upper nerves of the neck to the brain. During this process, they intermingle with the nerve fibers of the trigeminal nerve. Since the trigeminal nerve is responsible for perception of head pain, the patient therefore experiences the symptoms of a headache.”

Peter Rothbart, M.D.

You may have a Cervicogenic Headache
If you answer “Yes” to any of these 6 questions…

  • Has your neck ever experienced trauma?
  • Have you ever been in a car accident?
  • Have you ever played football or any other contact sport?
  • Have you experience many “minor” injuries?
  • Is your neck stiff or at times, hard to move?
  • As a child, did you experience a fall down stairs, off a swing, or porch or any other “minor” incident?

If you answered yes to at least ONE of the previous questions, your headache may be caused by a hidden problem in your neck. That is good news.

There is an amazing type of drug-less non-surgical care that may help you. Studies have shown that the safest and most natural neck treatment to Cervicogenic Headaches is: conservative chiropractic care.

People with migraines and cluster headaches also respond resoundingly well to Cervicogenic Headache and diagnosis too!

However, if your headache is due to high blood pressure, an aneurism, dehydration due to hangover or low blood sugar, then you may not respond to Upper Cervical Specific, low force Chiropractic for your headaches.

The number of people with headaches caused by the above conditions is small and most do respond well once tension is taken off the back of the neck.

Upper Cervical trained Chiropractors are few in number because it takes 2 more years of training studying the brain-stem and structures that impact the brain. These doctors have all had that extensive training and take 3 dimensional x-rays of the upper neck to see if something called the “Atlas” is off center. This 2 ounce vertebrae holds up the world, the skull which weighs 10- 14 pounds. If the Atlas is off center, and tipped it causes a host of problems in the body, headaches being one of them. The Trigeminal nerve gets irritated when C1 vertebrae, known as the Atlas if off center.

Only an Upper Cervical trained Chiropractor is qualified to put it back in place and it is done with no manipulation. A highly attuned machine makes the adjustment and it is rarely if ever felt.
However it is our pleasure to have helped hundreds of headache sufferers in the Bay Area!

For your free evaluation of your neck and to see if you qualify for the treatment of a Cervicogenic Headache and Diagnosis call our center at 415-681-1031. We will be glad to refer you to another health-care professional if we are unable to help.
 


Sheehan Chiropractic | (415) 681-1031
Chiropractic Care for San Francisco and Marin County