If you suffer from headaches, a chiropractic spinal check-up is one of the best things you can do. Chiropractic’s safe, gentle, drugless methods have helped millions of headache sufferers over the years. Yet chiropractic does not claim to be a headache treatment and cure – it has a different approach to health care. Cape Town chiropractors free your body from the vertebral subluxation complex that has the power to destroy your health. It affects millions of us – it is a hidden epidemic. When freed of subluxations your body works more efficiently to use its natural energies to heal itself.

Muscle Tension Headaches – Many things can cause a headache, strong smells, intense lights, sinus trouble, high blood pressure, dental problems, ear, eye or vision conditions, fevers, infections, tumours, seizures, lumbar punctures, alcoholic drinks, drugs, accidents and other causes. You can get a headache just worrying about all the things that cause them. And that leads us to the most common headache of all: muscle tension, worry or “stress” headache that makes up 90% of all headaches which can be helped by us at Cape Town Chiropractors.

What puts the ache in headaches? – The ache in headache does not come from the brain. It’s true! Your brain can feel no sensation. Even during brain surgery the patient is often wide awake feeling no pain, even talking to the doctors while his brain is being tampered with (a local anaesthetic numbs the scalp). What puts the “ache” in your headache? Veins and arteries inside the brain and skull, membranes that wrap around the brain and certain nerves in the head called the cranial nerves. When these are pulled, stretched, compressed, irritated, inflamed of infected, headaches often result.

Migraine and cluster headaches – The migraine is a special type of headache – a vascular headache. The migraine includes a collection of symptoms that appear before the headache pain itself hits. Examples are: spots, lines or coloured lights before the eyes, flashing lights, redness, swelling, tearing, irritability, depression, numbness. As the warning symptoms leave, the headache itself hits. It may range from minor to agony and may last from minutes to days. The pain most likely occurs on only one side of the head. Nausea and vomiting are usually associated with it. Migraines tend to affect more women than men, and usually begin after puberty. The cause of migraines is not known.

The Chiropractic approach – The most common headaches are usually treated with painkillers. The pain may be gone but the cause of the headache is not corrected. Using special techniques, a chiropractor will perform a chiropractic spinal adjustment to correct the vertebral subluxation complex, removing the nerve pressure and spinal distortions. This permits your body to restore itself to a greater level of health and wholeness – in effect, to better heal itself. Cape Town Chiropractors would not use painkillers to correct this.