Treating Headaches With Chiropractic

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Headaches

One common cause of headaches is that the spinal bones in the neck are not supporting the head properly. We call these conditions vertebral subluxation complexes and they affect nerves, muscles, and even the blood supply to your head. Because chiropractic treatment deals with the spine, a chiropractor can often help to adjust alignment to better support the head.

How Acupuncture Can Help Headaches

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect. Acupuncture points to treat headaches are located all over the body. There are several scientific studies which have been done to show the proven results and effectiveness of acupuncture in treating headaches. One such study was published in the 2002 edition of the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine which documented 50 patients with various types of headaches who received scalp acupuncture. 98% of those patients experienced no headaches or only occasional, mild headaches in the six months following their acupuncture treatment.

Cranial Adjusting

Cranial adjusting is a technique in which misaligned cranial bones are shifted back to its original position. Misaligned cranial bones can cause a whole range of neurological dysfunction.

Cranial Adjusting and Headaches

One common cause of headaches is insufficient blood supply, cerebral spinal fluid, and nerve supply to and from the brain. This is often caused when bones in the skull have become misaligned, which usually results from head trauma. The goal of cranial adjusting is to correct these misalignments.

Cranial Adjusting and Head Trauma

The human skull is made up of 22 bones which are joined together like puzzle pieces in a puzzle. Although the pieces cannot be pulled apart, the bones in the skull can be knocked out of their proper alignment. Head trauma can often cause this misalignment, which in turn can cause a whole host of other neurological dysfunctions.

Cranial Adjusting and Autism

It is a common belief now that autism is a neurological condition usually developing around the 18-month mark. Research has shown that when the bones in the skull are out of place, the space between the skull and brain decreases. This area is where the blood supply and Cerebral Spinal Fluid that nourish the brain is located. Therefore, misalignments can decrease the blood and CSF and the brain will not function as well. Many factors can go into the misalignment of the bones in the skull but it is found that the result of this misalignment can cause many symptoms similar to behaviours exhibited by those with autism spectrum disorders. The chiropractor will employ cranial adjusting and other holistic approaches in treating patients with autism spectrum disorder.