We simply cannot function when our heads are so inflamed!
Headaches: There can be many reasons for headaches but many are caused by dysfunctions in the neck. The location of the pain that we perceive in our body is usually dictated by the innervation of the sensory nerves to that area. This means that if we have dysfunction in how the upper part of our neck is working that we could experience headaches because the sensation for most of our head comes from the first two nerves that come out of our spine. This can occur without any direct compromise of those nerves. In other words, where you feel it is due to how you are wired.
Our job is to insure that there is not a musculoskeletal source for your headache by making sure that your neck is functioning properly as well as your TMJ, vestibular system and ocular system.
Headaches are complex issues to assess and address. When you have a headache, you tend to think that it is something in your head – your brain – that is the source of your pain. However, we need to remember that your brain is where we perceive pain. It may not necessarily be the source of the pain. The upper neck is where the nerves come from that provide sensation to your head. So any dysfunction in the way these are functioning can
present as headaches. Furthermore, branches off of these nerves interact with the cranial nerves, giving the possibility for other symptoms to arise such as issues with your vision, dizziness, tinnitus and balance. We are trained to assess the function of your neck to ensure that the vertebrae and the muscles are moving properly and that all the tissues are functioning the best that they can. We address these issues with manual hands-on work on the soft tissue and joints and follow this with exercises in the clinic and at home.
Even if you have had headaches for decades, you can be free of them and free of your attempts to manage them.