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Condition – Headaches

Quick links for Spinal Conditions:
Addictions, ADHD, Allergies, Asthma, Bedwetting, Carpal Tunnel, Colic,
Ear Infection, Extremities/Joints, Headaches, Neck Pain, PMS, Stress.

The primary objective of chiropractic care is to find and reduce the underlying cause of your headache.

The primary objective of chiropractic care is to find and reduce the underlying cause of your headache.

Headaches are common, but they are not normal.

Drug Culture
Pain relievers of various types are the most common approach to headaches. At East Bentleigh Health Group we take a more natural approach. Our objective is to find and reduce the underlying cause headaches.

Hidden Cause
A common cause of headaches is from spinal bones in the neck that aren’t supporting the head properly. You might not notice your reduced ability to turn your head but these subluxations affect nerves, muscles and even the blood supply to your head.

A thorough examination detects subluxation patterns that could be causing your headaches. If subluxations are present, you’re likely to benefit from chiropractic care.

Simple ‘At Home’ Test for Cervical Range of Motion

With the test subject comfortably seated and without moving their shoulders, ask them to rotate their head fully to the left and hold for a few seconds and then fully to the right and hold for a few seconds.

With the test subject comfortably seated and without moving their shoulders, ask them to rotate their head fully to the left and hold for a few seconds and then fully to the right and hold for a few seconds.

Assessment

Was the subject able to rotate their head equally in both directions?
Was movement restricted in either direction?
Was pain associated with turning in either direction?
Did the subject hear any “popping” or grinding sounds?

If so, these are significant findings.

Normal range of movement of the neck in rotation should be such that the nose is parallel with the shoulder. If there is a significant difference, or restricted movement, consultation with a chiropractor is recommended.

Compensation Reaction
Some are surprised to learn that their headaches are being caused by problems in their lower back. The upper spine compensates, shifting the head off centre, causing headaches.
While we can’t guarantee results East Bentleigh Health Group have a high success rate with patients who get headaches.

Frequently Asked Questions:

? Is the spine the source of all headaches?

Not necessarily. The three most common causes are physical trauma, emotional stress or chemical toxins. Sometimes there may be a combination of factors. The examination process helps identify the most likely cause/s.

? What causes subluxations

There are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions and improper lifting. Chemical causes can include alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet. Emotional causes include anger and fear. Physical, chemical and emotional causes of subluxations are situations and experiences which leads to stress we encounter in everyday life.

? I was told it was ‘all in my head’. Now what?

The pain you feel is real, however, this ‘diagnosis’ is often the last explanation when all normal causes of the problem have been exhausted. In these cases, it is often found that undetected subluxations are the likely causes.

? How many visits will it take?

Some patients enjoy results quickly. Others notice a slow decline in their symptoms over several weeks, or longer, of chiropractic care. It is impossible to predict. If you’ve had chronic headaches for many years, improvement can take time. We monitor your progress and modify our recommendations as needed.

? What if chiropractic care doesn’t help?

If chiropractic is unable to find and correct the cause of your particular health problem, we will refer to other practitioners who may be able to help. Your health the primary goal.

? How come my medical doctor didn’t suggest chiropractic?

That’s changing. Years of prejudice and bias are giving way to research showing the benefits of chiropractic care. Attitudes are slow to change, however, as the public demands alternatives to drugs and surgery, more and more medical practitioners are referring to chiropractors.

Appointments – Anthony Papaleo at East Bentleigh Health Group
884 Centre Road, East Bentleigh | (03) 9579 3999 | info@ebhg.com.au