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Chronic Headaches

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This article is for perhaps those people who suffer from headaches or know of someone that
suffers from headaches and is not aware of this information.

If you suffer from headaches, then you are not alone. I was at a conference recently and it was
revealed, that a study in 2011 concluded that between 66% and 90% of all people would suffer
debilitating head pain at some point in their life. Fortunately the conference also reported some
good news. Chiropractic spinal adjustments were found to give many headache sufferers long-term
relief. Naturally I have known this for a long time, and so have many of my patients, particularly
those that used to get headaches. I thought it would be a good idea to inform you of some great
research done in recent years within the profession on headache.

According to this study based at the Chiropractic Research Unit at RMIT University Melbourne, chiropractic adjustments of the neck decreased the duration of the headache
in a treatment group of chronic sufferers by 77%. The severity of their headache also dropped by a
pleasing 60%. No side effects were reported and in many cases chiropractic care gave long term relief.
The study is at the cutting edge of world headache research because it used the accepted “gold
standard” for clinical research design- a double blind random controlled trial. Scientifically, the
results have a high level of credibility. There are many studies, which suggest that headaches often
start in the neck, and that chiropractic adjustments are a safe, effective way of controlling these
neck-type headaches.

Many headache sufferers appreciate the gentle, drug-free chiropractic approach because they are
concerned about the risks associated with long term medication. Too many analgesics (pain killers)
can cause serious harmful effects. For example, liver and kidney disease has been related to the
long-term consumption of analgesics, and the largest single cause for turning an occasional or
episodic headache into a chronic or constant headache is infact taking too many analgesics.

The nerves that supply the head can be tracked back to the upper aspect of your neck. If the bones
of the spine in this area lose their normal position or motion, the sensitive nerves and blood vessels
to the head can be affected. When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated they can produce throbbing headaches. Medications may cover up these warning signs, but do not correct the underlying structural cause. Simply, there exists a very large case for some chiropractic adjustive procedures. Spinal dysfunction not only results from major traumas such as car and sporting
accidents, but more frequently from repetitive micro trauma activities related to our daily living
such as poor posture.

If you are suffering from headaches give us a call on (03) 9882 0401 to book an appointment

6 Simple Ways to Manage Back Pain at Home

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Do you ever suffer from a minor (sub-acute) back pain episode such as a generalised soreness or muscular ache? This is different from a complicated, major (acute) back pain episode. If you have had a serious accident or injury, you must consult your preferred health care professional. An example of sub-acute back pain may include a slight twinge that lasts for 24 hours or less. If you suffer from this type of minor pain, here are six simple ways to manage back pain at home.

1. Apply a Cold Pack

One of the best ways to initially sooth minor muscular pain in the back is to apply a cold pack. Apply within first 24 hours with a 15 mins on / 2 hours off routine. These packs are widely available from pharmacies and grocery stores. Holding the pack over the area will help relieve minor pain. This is known as cold compression therapy and is an established way of alleviating pain.

2. Use Heat Therapy

Relief from back pain can be achieved, after the initial 24 hours, by applying some low-level heat to the area. Simply apply a dedicated heat pack or wheat bag. They will stay warm for several hours and can be constantly held over the affected area. Alternatively, you could seek heat therapy from a hot bath, or spa if you have one. Another option is to apply a ‘deep-heat’ cream and rub into painful area.

3. Keep Moving

The back, like the rest of your body, is designed to be active. Being sedentary or sitting still for lengthy periods is not the best way to manage sub-acute back pain episodes. Regular, gentle movement that your back can handle is best.

4. Use Massage

Massage can be an extremely helpful modality, and can be used one of three ways. At home, you could get a spouse or partner to massage you. You could hire a therapist to give you a massage at home. You could buy a back massaging device or massage chair. Massage helps most people suffering from muscular back pain.

5. Assess Best Posture for You

This will vary from one person to the next and perhaps from one episode to the next. If you find that sitting is relieving then sit. If standing is better, then simply stand. If lying down is preferred, then lie down. There is no rule when it comes to undertaking a particular posture, as this will need to be determined by the individual. The only rule that applies is that there will be a point by which you will need to change position, as the body needs ongoing movement. Maybe a combination of lying and standing is required, as sitting aggravates. So lie for 30 mins, and then stand for 30 mins.

6. Get a Good Supporting Mattress

Change your mattress if: (1) You’ve purchased the wrong variety, as the quality is simply not good enough or (2) The mattress is beyond its used by date. As a general rule, the firm to medium density support mattresses will assist the mechanical needs of your spine better, than a super hard or soft variety.