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HEADACHES & CHIROPRACTIC: THE NATURAL ALTERNATIVE, Part 2

 

It’s estimated that 90% of migraine sufferers can benefit from a program of chiropractic care and yet…only 1 in 5 migraine sufferers seek treatment. Many headache sufferers resort to medication to cope with the pain of headaches, but drugs just cover up the symptoms & don’t actually fix the problem! 

Pain is your bodies alarm system! Headaches are a sign that something is wrong. If you suffer with headaches or if you know someone who suffers from headaches, go to the source of the problem. Did you know that low impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with headaches? However, if your headache persists or returns…this is usually an indication of an underlying problem. Chiropractic Doctors are trained to locate the source of your headaches. A small percentage of all headaches may be indications of serious underlying physical problems, & a chiropractor is trained to recognise & respond appropriately to any potentially serious conditions. This may mean referral for further tests including CT scans, MRI scans or x-rays. 

Many patients report instant relief from their headaches through chiropractic care. Others find that the correction of their condition takes longer because their spinal problem has existed undetected for many years. Every patient responds differently, but regardless of how you respond, enjoy the drug free results millions have enjoyed by consulting with a Doctor of Chiropractic.

 

SO WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?

Chiropractic is the health science that utilises your own innate healing power to help you return to optimal health. It is a natural method of healing, a non-surgical, non invasive and drugless approach to healthcare. Chiropractic is the 3rd largest health care profession in Australia behind Medicine and Dentistry. All Chiropractors have completed a minimum 5yrs of University study before being registered as Doctors of Chiropractic.

 

HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC WORK? 

In order to understand how chiropractic works it is firstly important to have an understanding of how your body works… Your nervous system is the communication system between your brain and your body’s muscles, organs, tissues and glands. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well, it must be free of interference.

It is a known fact that every organ, every muscle and every cell in the body is controlled via a signal directly from the brain which travels over this nervous system. This signal tells your heart how slow to beat when you are at rest or how fast to pump when you are exercising. This signal tells your stomach when to begin digestion and your liver what enzymes to produce and in what quantity. These signals from the brain also regulate your body temperature on very hot (and very cold) days. How does your body know when your pancreas needs to produce more insulin, or when your adrenal gland should produce adrenalin? The answer is via the signals or messages travelling from the brain over the nervous system. The truly amazing part of this whole process is that this is going on each and every second of every day without you consciously being aware of it.

Now what happens if this signal from the brain becomes confused? What if the pathway between the brain and the organ it supplies is interrupted? Any decrease in nerve flow to the body must affect the ability of the body to function at its best. Think of your brain as the central telephone exchange sending and receiving information through telephone wires (your nerves) which branch out to connect to all areas of a city (your body). A short circuit or break in a wire cuts off communication to parts of the city…just like misalignments in your spine can put pressure on the nerves which can in turn affect communication to your body. This pressure interferes with your nervous system affecting your ability to self-heal, and may prolong injury or illness. Dr Seth Sharpless at the University of Colorado demonstrated that as little as the weight of a 5 cent piece on a nerve, has the potential to decrease that nerve impulse by as much as 60%. Try to imagine how unhealthy your body would be with various organs, tissues or glands functioning at only 40%! (Sharpless SK: “Susceptibility of spinal roots to compression block.” The Research of Spinal Manipulative Therapy. NINCDS monograph 15, DHEW publication (NIH) 76-998:155,1975). 

This is where your Doctor of Chiropractic can help. He or she is trained to find the spinal segment or vertebra, which is blocking the signal from the brain. Then with a gentle & safe chiropractic adjustment he will eliminate the nerve pressure, restore the nerve flow through the nerve and therefore enable the organ to return to optimal function.

 

IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE AND DOES IT WORK?

Yes! Chiropractic care is extremely safe and very effective. In fact there is a huge volume of scientific evidence which proves beyond doubt the safety & effectiveness of Chiropractic.

 

WHO SHOULD SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?

From professional athletes, to homemakers, engineers to electricians, infants to seniors, chiropractic care has been the answer to optimum health for millions of people world wide. Many people see a Chiropractor for back, neck or joint problems, while others may seek relief from the discomfort caused by headaches, high blood pressure, asthma, colic or other conditions. An increasing number of families see their chiropractor for wellness care as they know this keeps them in peak condition.

 

*Chiropractic care for headaches?…..It just makes sense!

 

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