Friday, July 29, 2016

Have A Splitting Headache? Don't Let It Get You Down

The Problem
     If you have a headache, you're not alone.  Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches.  Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.
     Headaches have many causes.  About 5 percent of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems.  About 95 percent of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches.  These types of headaches are not caused by disease - the headache itself is the primary concern.
     Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture.  This can increase muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.  With this information in mind, it is no wonder the greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with altered function of the neck.

What Can a Chiropractor Do?
     Chiropractors undergo extensive training  to help their patients in many ways - not just with back pain.  Chiropractors are trained to determine how tension in the spine relates to other parts of the body, and they can take steps to relieve some of those problems.  At our office, we offer dry needle therapy, acupuncture, spinal manipulation and exercises to loosen the neck and alleviate the stress on your system.

What the Research Says...
     Plenty of research exists that demonstrates the effectiveness of chiropractic for headaches.  A study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that "spinal manipulation is an effective treatment for tension headaches" and those who underwent treatment experienced a "sustained therapeutic benefit" in contrast with other patients who received different forms of treatment.

How We Can Help!

For more information on how Dr. Thatcher can help you, visit our website at  If you have additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment with us, please feel free to contact us by phone.  You can reach us at (719) 574-3700.  Thatcher Chiropractic is located at 3535 American Drive near the intersection at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917.

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