Nearly all of Americans suffer from headaches at some point in their lives. Headaches can be caused by a variety of factors from dehydration to serious illness. Thankfully, many headaches are caused by something very common and treatable: musculoskeletal system dysfunction. The musculoskeletal system refers the muscles and joints in your body. Sometimes headaches can occur after injury, repetitive motion, postural position, sleeping position, or exercise.
Headache pain can interfere with your regular daily activities as well as interactions with your friends and family. It’s important to have an evaluation completed with an exam to determine the cause of your headaches. If you aren’t sure why you get them, looking to the musculoskeletal system to rule out easily treatable causes is a good place to start.
Many headaches start in the neck and upper back. To evaluate where your headaches may stem from, think about your work and daily activity:
Create new, healthy habits by practicing a new posture, positioning, exercise or stretch to alleviate pain. Start by paying attention to your habits at your workstation; it’s easy to go back to old ways. Be creative on how to keep your new habits top of mind.
As always, visit your Doctor of Chiropractic to get adjusted. Chiropractic adjustments help your spine by keeping it in alignment, improve its function, and alleviating stress placed on it. Your chiropractor may educate you on specific stretches and exercises for your individual condition.