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You May Be Unnecessarily Suffering from Headaches in Colorado Springs 


My name is Dr. Kirby Gengler; I'm a Colorado Springs Chiropractor and I resolve headaches on a daily basis. Headaches have become so common that when I ask patients about how often they have headaches the answer I get most often is "I don't get too many… just the normal headaches."

Headaches can be a sign of very serious medical crisis.  A very sudden very severe headache can be a sign of stoke or ruptured aneurism.  Any headache that is a result of vascular origin (blood vessel) can reduce oxygen to your brain.  Are you scared yet?  

Headaches are not normal.  You should not "live" with headaches.  They are a sign of a significant problem in your body.

What are headaches?

Headaches go by many names.  They all are pain in the head and or neck.   The brain does not feel the pain.  The brain tissue is not sensitive to pain because it lacks pain receptors.   Headache pain is relayed to the brain by pain-sensitive structures around the brain.  

There are eight common pain-sensitive structures areas of the head and neck.  They are nerves, muscles, arteries, veins, sinuses, mucous membranes, eyes, and ears.

Primary Headaches

In a primary headache the primary source of pain is the head.  Primary headaches include tension headache and migraine.  They have typical features:  

Migraine headaches tend to be pulsing or throbbing, affecting one side of the head, associated with nausea, disabling in severity and lasts between 3 hours and 3 days.  

Tension headaches can be on either or both sides of the head.  Tension headaches are often described as a "hat band" headache because of the tension in the muscles around the skull where a hat would sit.  

Cluster headaches and trigeminal neuralgia are far less common but are considered primary headaches.  

Secondary headaches

Regarding secondary headaches, the source of pain is somewhere other than the head.

1.  Dehydration:  One of the most common causes of secondary headache is dehydration.  It is easier to become dehydrated in an arid climate, and/or at high elevation.  Living in Colorado Springs, it is very easy to become dehydrated.  Most people should drink 64-100 oz of water per day to avoid dehydration headaches.

2.  Mechanical Dysfunction in the Spine:  Cervicogenic pain or pain in the neck is the second most common cause of secondary headache.  Poor spinal mechanics, mis-alignment of the spine, and whiplash all can cause neck pain that radiates into the head.  This is the most under diagnosed and under treated cause of chronic headache.  Chiropractic care has been shown to be very effective treatment for this type of headache. 

3.  Prescription Drugs Side-effects:  Side effects to medications make up a large percentage of secondary headaches.   Medication overuse for headaches can cause headaches, creating a vicious cycle of pain and dependency.  Before taking any medication, read the side effects.  Before discontinuing any medication consult your allopathic doctor (medical doctor or MD).

4.  Caffeine:  Every person responds differently to caffeine.  Some people can consume massive amounts while others are affected by a trivial amount.  Caffeine withdrawal headaches can be a real problem.  Whether a chronic caffeine abuser or an infrequent user, withdrawal show up in hours or even a few days later.  Caffeine is a diuretic which can lead to further dehydration. Caffeinated drinks are not a good source of fluid for our bodies. 

5.  Toxins:  Everything from environmental toxins, household cleaners, beauty products, to food pesticides have been shown to cause headaches.  This is the least common cause of secondary headaches.  As our households have chemicals (cleaners, hygiene products, toxic building materials, etc.), the more exposure there is to potential headache triggers.

Call our Colorado Springs Chiropractic Clinic today, to get out of the headache rat race. We literally treat and resolve headaches of all kinds on a daily basis.