It is important to realize that headaches may be common, but they are not normal; It is the way your body tells you that something is wrong. The cause is always the same: the body has a problem of adaptation to stress. Stress can be physical, chemical, or emotional. The solution is either to remove the stress, which can be quite complicated, or to increase the body’s ability to manage that stress. This is where chiropractors can help. A better-functioning body adapts better to stress and has fewer negative symptoms. If we add good habits (drinking water, balanced nutrition, exercise, etc.) you will improve your adaptability and, thereby, your well-being and quality of life.
How can a chiropractor help?
- Can perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve your spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
- Can provide you with nutritional advice and recommend a change in diet and the addition of B-complex vitamins.
- Can offer you advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises, and relaxation techniques; this should help to relieve recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
When you come to the chiropractor with a headache and you are looking for relief, the chiropractor correct something that’s amiss, for example, a vertebral subluxation (a pinched nerve). This helps your body in its capacity for self-recovery.
In the case of cervical subluxation, chiropractors fix the orientation of the muscles and tendons and make your body heal by recovering blood supply to your head. A restriction in this blood flow can produce a variety of symptoms, including headaches.
It is important to understand that working on your nervous system makes your body responsible for healing. The key here is your brain, sending orders to your body to make you feel good.
The following is an example that is used often: If you get a small cut on a part of your body and you keep it clean, it will take 5 days to heal. The key organ here is your brain, because it is the organ that commands the specific part of your body to heal. If the line of communication between the brain and that part of your body is good, your cut will heal much better than if there is interference. The chiropractor works so that there will be no interference and your own body will heal.
Modern life and some scientific studies suggest that chiropractors help so much in stress-induced conditions that patients should include more of chiropractors’ strategies to help them recover from conditions that bring headaches and other pains.
These studies also show that many chiropractors are taking more self-development programs to enhance their stress management-skills for their patients.
In conclusion, if a chiropractor’s interventions reduce stress and patient’s perception of being stressed, chiropractic techniques may be considered as valid, non-specific clinical interventions. It may be timely for chiropractors to actively contemplate including stress management routinely in their clinical care protocols.