If you have suffered from headaches, you’re not alone. In fact, you are part of over 2.7 million people in Canada suffering, according to Statistics Canada. Most people at some point in their life will experience a headache, the throbbing sensation in your head that doesn’t allow you to focus on anything but the pain. The common reaction for most who encounter this pain is to immediately pop a pill. Many take medicine and assume that all is well until the next headache takes place.
There are two forms of headaches, those that are symptoms associated with some other medical illness (called secondary headaches) and those that are not. When a headache is an isolated event and is not a symptom of another ailment, it is categorized as a primary headache. That’s because the headache is the primary condition. Primary headaches can include other symptoms and conditions which are due to the headache itself.
All headaches affect your daily life activities. They limit your ability to function normally because it is nearly impossible to distract yourself from the pain when you haven’t gotten some form of relief. Headaches can cause pain in your head, neck pain, nasuea, dizziness and in severe cases vomiting, vertigo and sensitivity to light. Headaches of this variety are not related to a disease or illness.
Primary headaches are defined as:
- Tension headaches
- Migraine headaches
- Cluster headaches
- Cervicogenic headaches
Nowadays many patients we see at the clinic have been suffering from Forward Head Syndrome (FHS), these are characterized as headaches due to poor posture. This condition is categorized by misalignment in the area between your shoulders and head, causing you to tilt your head forward. The spine has a natural curve supporting the head. When you force or shift your head forward the curve is eliminated and the discs that cushion your vertebrae bear the load of that weight. When this posture is continued for a long period of time the disc starts to bulge.
Sitting at a computer, playing video games, carrying heavy bundles, driving a car or any other imbalanced position sustained for long periods of time can cause the tendency to shift your head forward, altering the proper alignment of your spine. Luckily for patients our clinic in Woodbridge helps treat the many different types of headaches, from tension to FHS with drug-free therapies.
If you feel you have suffered long enough it may be time to see a Chiropractic and get your life back on track!