The general view seems to be that headaches are more of a nuisance than a condition worthy of medical attention. Many of our parents teach us from a young age that if we grit our teeth, pop a few aspirin, and go about our day, the pain will pass. Even severe headaches, such as migraines, tend not to command the attention they deserve. When the frequency of your headaches changes, however, should you be worried? The fact remains that repeated headaches can be a symptom of a much larger problem.
Here’s what you should know about the repeated headaches that you experience:
What Causes Repeated Headaches?
Headaches have many causes. For instance, if your you eat poorly or you spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, you may experience head pain from time to time. Infection, dehydration, and muscle tension can also cause headaches. All of these conditions tend to affect the blood vessels and nerves that extend from the neck into the brain. When irritated, these veins and nerves register pain, and this pain manifests as a headache. If the conditions above persist over long periods of time, repeated headaches can occur.
But repeated headaches can also result from serious medical conditions. Brain tumors, diabetes, and improper spinal alignment in the neck and back are common. The last of these conditions often restricts blood to the brain and constricts nerves. Since there is no way to tell by yourself what is causing your frequent headaches, it’s critical to seek medical advice.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
Because your chiropractor is concerned with detecting and correcting problems in the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, they are well situated to help correct your recurring headaches. When you go to your appointment, your chiropractor will treat or rule out misaligned, damaged, or improperly functioning vertebrae. By adjusting your spine using special techniques, they will realign your spine. In some cases, relief is instantaneous.
If your headaches are not the result of poor alignment, your chiropractor can get you the treatment you need. Remember—repeated headaches can be serious. Seek a professional medical opinion if:
- Your headache lasts more than a day.
- You have a history of headaches.
- Your headaches have changed in intensity or frequency.
- You have a history of a serious medical condition.
When it comes down to it, there is no discomfort too small to bring to the attention of a medical professional. If you are worried about any pain or discomfort you are experiencing or have experienced a work injury, don’t wait. Your chiropractor can help.
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