If nagging headaches sap your energy, adjusting your neck position might relieve the discomfort.
The number of headaches people suffer seems to be increasing along with the pace of modern life. But if you suffer from headaches and your doctor has ruled out serious disease, you may find long-term relief by having him or her check out your neck.
The vast majority of headaches - about 95 percent - are "primary" headaches, which means that they aren't symptoms of another potentially serious disease. Among primary headaches, muscle tension in the neck is by far the most prevalent cause and, typically, these pains in the neck can be quickly remedied. In fact, a 2001 study conducted by the Duke University Evidence-based Practice Center found that chiropractic spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate, and also long-lasting, improvement for headaches originating in the neck.
A chiropractor may use cervical manipulation, often called neck adjustment, to reduce muscle spasms and help you restore your neck's range of motion. However, the American Chiropractic Association suggests that you may be able to improve your neck's condition on your own by making a few simple lifestyle changes:
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