It seems as if almost everyone has experienced a headache at one time or another. They can sometimes just be mildly annoying—allowing the person to continue with a normal daily routine—or so severe that they cause one to lie down until the pain goes away. In some cases, headaches can last for days at a time.

What seems to be the easy solution to a headache is to grab some over-the-counter or prescription medications. If the first dose doesn’t work, a second or even third dose may be consumed during a day’s time. While this may provide some relief, there is a danger involved with each dose taken. What is this?

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Though it seems counterintuitive, taking too much medicine on a regular basis to treat headaches or migraines can actually lead to a more debilitating form of a headache. This is called a rebound or medication overuse headache. It is often accompanied by:

  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nausea
  • Irritability


Getting the Right Kind of Help for Headaches

It is important to identify and then care for the underlying cause of headaches. While taking a pill can help temporarily, unless the root cause is addressed headaches or migraines may continue to recur. One area of notable success in caring for migraines is that of upper cervical chiropractic care. This is a specific type of chiropractic that does not require popping or cracking of the spine or neck. Rather, the focus is on the atlas or C1 vertebrae.

A link has been established between migraines and a misalignment of this particular bone as when it is out of alignment it puts undue pressure on the brainstem. This impedes communication and blood flow to and from the brain and body. Often, this is the underlying cause of headaches and migraines.

The method used to realign the C1 or atlas bone is very gentle. It encourages the bones to realign in a more natural manner than forcing them, allowing the healing powers of the body to repair any damage done. This restores communication and blood flow, frequently leading to the remission of headaches and migraines.


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