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A Better Way to Treat Tension Headaches –
Without Drugs, Surgery, or Dangerous Side Effects

Do you suffer from tension headaches, the most frequently occurring type? With these headaches, the pain begins at the back of the head and upper neck and often feels like you’re being squeezed by a tight band of pressure.

Even though tension headaches are not life-threatening, they can affect your daily activities. Many people treat them with over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol) and naproxen (Aleve). However, even OTC medications have side effects and can potentially interact with prescription medications. Some OTC medications include caffeine, which may trigger rapid heartbeats in some patients. Some may cause drowsiness, making it inappropriate to drive or use heavy machinery. Aspirin given to children and teenagers presents the risk of Reye's syndrome that can cause brain damage or even death. Aspirin and ibuprofen are irritating to the stomach and may cause bleeding. Acetaminophen, if used frequently and/or in large amounts, can cause liver damage or failure.

One cause of chronic tension headaches is overuse of pain medication. When pain medications are used for a prolonged periods of time and then the person tries to stop and goes into withdrawal, it can cause “rebound” headaches.

Finding Relief from All Kinds of Headaches Without Drugs or Surgery

If you experience headaches that come in groups (clusters) lasting weeks or months, separated by pain-free periods of months or years, you suffer from cluster headaches. Or you might have migraines, cranial neuralgias, or facial pain,

Now you have a safe, natural option for treating headaches. Chiropractic care gives you an effective non-drug, non-surgery approach to wellness. When a misaligned (subluxated) vertebra interferes with your nervous system, your body’s inborn, self-regulating mechanisms cannot function as they should, and you wind up in pain.

The doctors at Hughes Chiropractic Health Center can eliminate nerve obstruction so your body can function in the way it was meant to. They use the Palmer Toggle-Recoil technique to deliver a quick, specific nudge to the subluxated area to eliminate nerve interference and allow your body to return to its optimum state of health.

More Help for Headaches
An Informative Article by Dr. Brad Hughes

Headaches are some of the most common clinical presentations to chiropractors. The success in eliminating or significantly reducing all forms of headaches, from migraines to stress headaches, is well-documented in our profession. The objective of chiropractic is the correction of the misalignment spinal bones known as vertebral subluxations.

One of the major components of a vertebral subluxation is that it disturbs the nerve system. The purpose of the nerve system is to control and coordinate all body functions, including muscle tone, hormonal levels, the immune system, blood pressure, chemical production, and all the vast organ functions that maintain life.

Chiropractic recognizes the fact that our bodies are designed to maintain themselves in health through proper function of all organs and systems. Therefore, rather than artificially stimulating or depressing body functions with chemicals, chiropractic seeks to restore normal function by eliminating the interference to normal function. Scientific research has found that the vertebral subluxation complex has five components.

Five Components of Vertebral Subluxation

  1. Abnormal motion or position of bones (spinal kinesiopathology). The vertebrae are jammed, fixated, misaligned, and either less mobile than they should be, or conversely, too mobile.

  2. Abnormal nervous system function (neuropathophysiology). The nervous system is adversely affected: chemo-electrical impulses traveling through the nerves that altered and vital chemicals that flow over the nerves can be blocked.

  3. Abnormal muscle function (myopathology). The muscles are unbalanced and in a state of either spasm or weakness.

  4. Abnormal soft tissue function (histopathology). The tissues, organs, and glands are affected by the altered movement, interference with nerve transmission, and muscle imbalance.

  5. Abnormal function of the spine and body (pathophysiology). The spinal column has lost its balance and posture, and the body no longer functions as a harmonious unit. The system is under stress, with signs of wear and tear and other abnormalities. The person is more easily fatigued, has less resistance to disease, and does not function to his/her fullest potential.

There is not necessarily neck or back pain when subluxations exist. The idea of feeling a “pinched nerve” is not the effect most subluxations present. They are typically more subtle, but can be located and corrected by a chiropractor. Chiropractors correct these subluxations with spinal adjustments

Restore Your Health Through Chiropractic

Chiropractic isn’t just for bad backs and headaches, but is dedicated to restoring the body to its proper function. The pharmacological approach to health isn’t the only answer. Get to the cause of your health problems – don’t just cover up the effects – so you can live pain-free in vibrant health!



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