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
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 thatcherchiropractic.com. 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.