Chiropractic, Functional Muscle Neurology and Headaches: What’s the Connection? 

 September 24, 2019

By  Dr. Michael J Egan

There are many different triggers that may cause headaches, one thing is certain—they happen for a reason. When you experience a headache it is the body's way of telling you something isn't right in your body. But what is easily misunderstood is, what's causing the headache isn't always in or near the area where you feel pain.

Everything is connected in your body. For example, a wrist problem can actually be a spinal issue, and elbow pain might actually result from a shoulder issue.

Of course, headaches can also be directly related to the spine, being caused by:

  • Compensation for low back problems
  • Misalignment
  • Poor posture
  • Muscle spasms and imbalances
  • Shoulder rounding or dysfunction

Common Types of Headaches

There are many sub-classes of headaches that have been identified, but in general, the most common types are:

Cervicogenic headache:   Headaches caused by structural problems in the neck
Tension-type headache:  Like constant pressure, it feels like the head is being squeezed in a vice
Migraine headache:          Severe headaches with a variety of nervous system symptoms
Cluster headache:             Recurring one-sided attacks of severe pain behind their eye or temple
Rebound headache:          Pounding headaches from caffeine or medication withdrawal
Sinus headache:                 Pain and pressure around the cavities in the face causing headache

Chiropractic, Functional Muscle Neurology and Headaches

Chiropractic care is a natural treatment that focuses on spinal function and nervous system and promotes the body's own healing ability.  At our practice, we've seen many patients who come in seeking relief for headaches. To their surprise, chiropractic isn't just about bringing relief—adjustments actually help to correct the underlying issue at hand to decrease its appearance in the future. Other health issues that patients experience that are not brought up to us often resolve as well.

Trigenics® Functional Muscle Neurology is a natural therapy that focuses on the functional health of each individual muscle and helps re-set how the normal movement and sensory signals send messages to the brain.  This treatment system specifically assesses each individual muscle in the neck, spine and even upper limbs to determine how your unique body is carrying tension through the neuro-muscular chain and identifies each muscle that is either weak, tight or both.

The technique itself is like exercise and treatment combined and includes deep diaphragm breathing while your Chiropractor and Trigenist gently activates the muscle while you move your neck muscles through a light or stronger resistance against the practitioners hand.  The outcome is significantly increased range of motion, strength and reduction of symptoms.   Many find the effects of this treatment helpful in and of itself, and those who may have had difficulty with some forms of chiropractic adjustments tend to respond easier after Trigenics® sessions.

Seeking Freedom from Headaches?

You'll feel your best when your body is prepped for optimal function through quality chiropractic care.   Some of the best evidence suggests that longer-lasting results often occurs when a multi-modal approach to care is provided.

Motion Health Centre's integrative whole-body solution approach aims to combine the most relevant sports chiropractic, functional muscle neurology, massage therapy and rehabilitative techniques as its primary care approach to helping people suffering from headaches not only experience relief but enjoy long term outcomes.

Seeking a long term, multi-modal solution for your headaches?  Find out if we can help and contact us today!

Dr. Michael J Egan

Dr. Michael J Egan is the Director of Motion Health Centre and Principal Sports Chiropractor, Registered Trigenics Practitioner and Provider of the Frozen Shoulder Procedure.

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