Chiropractors in Atlanta Help Headaches
You’re looking at your computer screen, and you feel a nagging pain start in your head. It can become incredibly difficult to focus as the pain begins to intensify. Have you noticed these kinds of headache episodes at work? It may appear as though there was no immediate cause, but repetitive poor posture can directly contribute to tension headaches.
How to Improve Posture in the Workplace (1)
- Sit up against your seat back
- Bring your shoulders back, avoid “hunching”
- Adjust your chair height so your knees are slightly lower than your hips
- Make sure your feet are flat on the floor
- Bring your monitor up to eye level
- Make sure your elbows and wrists are parallel to the floor when typing
While these posture tips may lessen your tension headache frequency, the root cause is not addressed. Proper spinal alignment can help prevent these pounding tension headaches.
Natural Tension Headache Relief
Your spine is responsible for protecting your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is essential for transmitting signals to and from your brain. When your atlas (top bone in your spine) misaligns, this leads to tension within your spinal cord. Spinal cord tension causes the signals going to and from your brain to become distorted. This may lead to tension headache symptoms.
I am trained in Orthospinology, a gentle chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Orthospinology is a very precise technique. Through specific realignment of the atlas, the pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of tension headache symptoms.
Palmer et al. examined 47 patients with non-migraine headaches. After two weeks of specific atlas chiropractic care (and only one correction), the subjects had a significant reduction in headache pain. They found that after 3-4 months of care, their headache symptoms decreased by 75% on average. (2)
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- Nhs.uk. How to sit correctly – Live Well – NHS Choices [Internet]. 2014 [cited 26 January 2016]. Available from: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/workplacehealth/Pages/howtositcorrectly.aspx
- Palmer J, Dickholtz M. Improvement in Radiographic Measurements, Posture, Pain & Quality of Life in Non-migraine Headache Patients Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Retrospective Practice Based Study. Annals Vert Sub Res [Internet]. 2009 [cited 26 January 2016];2009(June):1-11. Available from: http://www.mccoypress.net/annals/docs/2009-1287_nucca.pdf