Many headaches and migraines originate in the neck, this can be for a number of reasons:
I do believe that there is no such thing as perfect posture, however its hard to get away from the fact that some positions do cause more issues than others. An example of a headache inducing posture is sitting, slouched and staring at a computer screen for hours on end.
Sports injury or car accident trauma will often result in the onset of headaches as a result of minor whiplash type injury to the neck.
I’m not a fan of pathologising age, it is normal for your spine to show signs of maturity in the same way as your skin shows signs you can’t avoid. However if you also have a history of trauma and long periods of sustained posture it is possible that your neck can cause some of your headaches.
How can you tell if its your neck causing your headaches?
You can tell if its your neck thats the problem if your headache often starts with pain in your neck and shoulder. If your pain is normally one sided or if your headache seems to start at the back of your head. Jaw pain is also a good indicator that a chiropactor is a good option for treatment.
Simple self help
You can do some simple things yourself to help reduce and manage your headaches.
- Get some fresh air and take a break from work
- Keep hydrated, we all know that being dehydrated can cause a headache
- Turn off the screens, its really hard to sit well in front of a computer, tablet or TV. Take a break for an hour or so.
- Massage some Tiger balm into your neck; often simply relaxing the neck and shoulder muscles will calm things down.
- Take an epsom salt bath; epsom salts are a great source of magnesium which is essential for the normal function of muscles and nerves.
- Use an ice pack or pack of frozen peas; wrapped in a tea towel and held on the back of your neck for 5-10 mins.
- Stop chewing gum; chewing all the time is stressful on the muscles of the jaw and scalp.
- Take a good look at your household and work ergonomics; Is your work station set up in a way that is optimum for you? Do you tend to sit watching TV with the screen off to one side so that you have to twist to see it? Are you lying in bed using your phone for ages before sleep?