The Back to Health Chiropractic & Acupuncture Wellness Clinic can help you eliminate headaches and migraines fast. Call today (203) 263-0411If you have headaches, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten people suffer from a headache occasionally or regularly. Some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.

Where do most headaches originate?

Most headaches are what we call cervicogenic in nature, meaning that they come from the joints and muscles in both the shoulders and neck and refer to pain up to the head. Connective tissue surrounds muscles and individual muscle fibers. This connective tissue allows for a smooth motion to occur between muscles and the muscle fibers when a person moves.  When we reach for something, connective tissue helps our arm make a smooth motion to the object. It helps ensure the motion isn’t jarred and rigid.

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Where do most headaches originate?

Through an injury, improper posture, using the muscles wrong, etc., these layers of connective tissue start to bind to one another and develop into what we call an “adhesion”. A “knot” in the muscle is formed when enough of these layers are bound together.  When a knot starts to refer pain to other areas it is now referred to as what we call a “trigger point”.

Trigger points can form in any muscle in the body but are very common in the shoulders and neck. This is due to the sedentary lifestyle/workplace that many people are in today. When someone is in one position for a long period, especially sitting, their shoulders will start to round forward and their chin will begin to jut out a little bit.  This is the perfect environment for trigger points to develop.

Can the location(s) of my trigger points affect the type of headaches one has?

Yes. Trigger points from different muscles in the shoulders and neck refer pain to in different areas of the head. For example, if you have a headache that feels like it is located above the eye and around the back of the ear/neck, you may have a trigger point in your upper trapezius muscle. Pain located behind the eye may be from a trigger point in your sub-occipital muscle (which is the muscle responsible for the chin jutting out).

What can be done to treat headaches?

Even though headaches can be extremely painful and debilitating, the treatment is relatively simple. If it’s a trigger point that is causing your headache, getting rid of the trigger point will get rid of the headache. At the Back to Health Chiropractic & Acupuncture Wellness Center, we are certified in many different muscle techniques and acupuncture treatments that are aimed at ridding the body of these trigger points.

What if trigger points are not the cause of my headaches?

However, not all headaches are caused by trigger points and may need an alternate mode of testing and treatment to help. Dr. Erik will first determine the cause of the headache and if it requires further action by another physician, will make the appropriate referral to get you the care that you need and deserve.

At the Back to Health Chiropractic & Acupuncture Wellness Center, we know that A.R.T. (Active Release Technique)®, Graston Technique® chiropractic care, and acupuncture are all extremely effective in treating trigger points that are causing your headaches.

Calling our office is the first step in moving towards a headache-free lifestyle!

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