headaches-at-the-sourceHeadaches that come on suddenly or become more frequent could be from an injury or a medical condition. Headaches originating from these issues are called secondary headaches, and medications often fall short in providing relief from them. In fact, some of the more common prescriptions can not only provide no relief but even result in increasing headaches and suffering.

How could this be? There are certain people who are sensitive to the ingredients in the medications, such as caffeine. These types of reactions depend on the kinds of headaches, their duration, and how often the medication is used.

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Possible Reasons for Secondary Headaches

Here are a few possibilities for why someone may suffer from secondary headaches:

  • Concussion
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Dental problems
  • Panic attacks
  • Acute sinusitis
  • Dehydration
  • Whiplash
  • Certain medications
  • Structural damage at base of the skull (Chiari Malformation)
  • Misuse of pain medication
  • Damage to the nerve connecting the brain and face (Trigeminal Neuralgia)

Relieving Secondary Headaches

When you know what is causing your headache, you are much better equipped to find a solution that brings relief. If the problem is a result of the top two vertebrae of the neck being improperly lined up, this can disrupt your brain and body connection. Even the slightest misalignment of ¼ millimeter could interrupt healthy function, and it worsens the longer the spine is left in this abnormal position.

This is a classic example of secondary headaches happening due to previous injury or disease that caused spinal imbalance. The specialized care of an upper cervical chiropractor can provide answers regarding your neck’s alignment. Using their gentle techniques, they can restore your body’s healthiest functionality, starting with the spine. When upper neck alignment is restored, relief from chronic headaches is often the result.   

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