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Common Causes of a Headache

headaches.There are many common causes, or “triggers,” of headaches including:

  • Certain foods
  • Environmental stimuli
  • Behaviors

The majority of headaches can be classified as primary headaches, meaning they are not caused by other physical problems but are themselves the primary medical concern. Primary headaches are typically associated with or caused by muscle tension in the neck. These muscular issues are on the rise due to many of the sedentary activities associated with modern life, which increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the upper back, neck and scalp.


How Do I Avoid Headache Triggers?

While many headaches are not caused by other physical issues, some can be avoided by controlling the following headache triggers:

  • Stress
  • Certain foods or odors
  • Menstrual periods
  • Changes in weather
  • Emotional issues, like depression or anxiety
  • Continued exposure to nitrite compounds or MSG
  • Exposure to poisons or common household cleaners


Does My Headache Require Chiropractic Care?

At some point, almost everyone experiences a headache, ranging in both frequency and severity. While some only experience pain in a specific area of their head, or behind their eyes, others suffer from severe, pounding pain inside their entire head. For most, a headache is infrequent and dull, but for others, they are more frequent and require immediate medical or chiropractic care.


Chiropractic Treatment for a Headache

headaches.For people with frequent, severe headache pain, chiropractic adjustments can be extremely effective for treating tension headaches – especially those that originate in the neck. Since every person and headache case is different, a complete and thorough evaluation is needed to determine proper chiropractic care. In most cases, manipulation of the neck and spine are helpful in easing migraine headaches – as long as lifestyle and food triggers are also controlled.


Start Your Headache Treatment Today

Contact our expert staff at Rittenhouse Chiropractic to schedule your first headache appointment today, or to reach out with any further questions.

Call us at (215) 546-1010