Headaches & Massage – October Patient Newsletter 2014

Do you suffer from headaches?

Because headaches are so common, most people think that getting a headache is a normal part of life. This is simply not true. Headaches are a sign that something is wrong. If the bones in the neck are not supporting your head properly, this can affect the nerves, muscles and blood supply to your head.


Headache symptoms can have many origins: sinus trouble, fevers, infections and alcohol. These headaches, caused by external factors, are believed to account for only 5% of all headaches. In fact, the most common headache cause is a ‘primary headache’, in which the headache results from irritation from the nerves around the head and neck. Muscles tension leading to nerve irritation is thought to be responsible for up to 95% of all headaches. These kinds of headaches are often referred to as stress or tension headaches, and are called ‘primary’ as they are not symptoms of other infections or triggers.

Chiropractic care works directly on the site of pain to restore the normal functioning of the spine. Chiropractors look for areas of muscles tension or weakness in the neck and head as sites of headache causes. This may include tight muscles in the base of the neck, at the base of the skull, or in the jaw. Using simple massage and adjustments, Chiropractic can provide headache relief for good, without expensive or dangerous techniques.

Chiropractic works by releasing the areas of tension around the head and neck, and re-training the spine to prevent further headaches. Removing the causes of spinal stress addresses both the muscle and nerve tension and the resulting headaches. Advice on posture, ergonomics and sleeping positions may be beneficial to sufferers.

Chiropractic is a simple, non-intrusive, and most importantly a long-lasting form of headache relief that benefits all members of the family.

Is it time for a massage?

Many people associate massages with relaxation which is an important factor, however massage therapy has a wide array of benefits that can vastly improve your quality of life. Medical research has shown that massage is effective in: pain relief, reduced anxiety and depression, reduced blood pressure as well as achieving a healthy heart rate. It has also been shown that this form of therapy releases endorphins which are seen to improve sleep, increase the flow of lymph as well as preventing fibrosis or scar tissue from occurring.

Massage therapy has long been used as a way to treat musculoskeletal injuries and is highly effective in alleviating the pain. Furthermore it also acts to prevent injuries from occurring by simultaneously relaxing and toning the muscles as well as increasing circulation which allows for optimum delivery of oxygen and nutrients to all body cells.

Here at Back to Basics we offer a number of types of massage including: deep tissue, Swedish, hot stone and sports massage. For more information of massage or to find out which style best suits you give our friendly reception staff a call

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