Tension Headaches

heaches-brainDo you suffer tension headaches?

One of the most common health issues experienced by Australians is theB headache! Headaches can be a result of many things starting from; dehydration to stress to muscle tension. Good lifestyle choices can help to prevent headaches. Prevention of headaches seems to be the best treatment, although even when living the healthiest lifestyle headaches may still arise.B Tension headaches are most common, 90% of headache complaints are from tension headaches usually caused from some form of stress to the body, mental or physical. Other causes may include poor posture, concentrating on phone or computer screens for too long or mental stress such as anxiety etc.

Tension headaches usually start off as a dull ache and a build up of tension around the scalp or neck. The feeling of pressure pushing around the inside of the head isB usually what isB described by the suffer, often this feeling of constriction is caused by tiny muscle contractions. When you are suffering tension headaches the best solution would be to rest in a dark room, use icepacks or remove the tension in your neck musclesB by massaging the area.

Prevention is the key to treat re-occurringB headaches. Chiropractic careB may help with this. Spinal adjustments correct any subluxations in the spine improving blood flow and reducing muscle tension around the head and neck.


Behind the head arm stretch

arm-behind-head-stretchThe behind the head stretch lengthens and loosens the triceps, upper arm and extends to your Lats.

Start by standing straight with your shoulders back, chest out, and feet shoulder width apart. Raise one arm overhead, bend the elbow, place the hand behind your neck. With your other hand, grasp your elbow and gently pull it behind your head. Hold for min 30sec then swap sides.

Neck stretch over bed

neck-stretch-over-bedStart byB lying on your back with your legs extended horizontally across the bed. Maneuver your body so that the upper back and shoulder rest along the top of the bed. Your head, neck and arms can gently release to stretch down along the side of the bed. Reach with the arms and hands to elongate through the spine, and then allow the neck to slightly elongate through the shoulders so that the head becomes heavy. Hold this position for 20-30 seconds.B To exit the stretch safely, tuck your chin into the chest and then use your arms to shift the body completely back onto the bed.

Chiropractic care post surgery?

spinal-surgeryChiropractic, back surgery and disc problems

Back surgery is only necessary in a small number of cases. These usual involve patients with fractured vertebrae or kyphosis, or when degenerative disc disease has progressed so far that the spinal nerves are beingB compressed causing constant and server pain. Spinal surgery should only be considered after more naturalB and non-invasive methods have been given a fair chance. Chiropractic care is not only recommended for prevention of back surgery for those that have chronic pain and disc injuries, it is also recommended for the prevention of these things fromB happening in the first place.

For those who have had surgery, be rest assured, chiropractic after surgery is very safe. Our qualified Chiropractors are experienced healthcare professionals. Dr John Sichter and Dr Craig Brady will give you a thorough examination involving; going through your detailed medical history, taking x-rays and doing a careful physical evaluation to assess your situation before beginning treatment. After your back has had time to recover it is important to get adjusted to help get the rest of your joints move properly again. You should consult with your surgeon and Chiropractor as to when it is appropriate for you to start or continue your chiropractic care.