Although there are many complex causes of headaches, the majority of cases come from tight muscles, stiff joints and poor posture. Here is some information on the anatomy of common structures that cause headaches.
The joints between the vertebrae in your spine are called facet joints. These joints are lined with cartilage and lubricated by a fluid called synovial fluid. When the two ends of the this joint are misaligned, the two joint surfaces compress on the cartilage and other joint constituents. There are complex pain receptors located in the joints, and when they are compressed, it will result is a severe headache type pain.
Cervical Spine Musculature
There are a variety of muscles that can get tight over time from emotional stress, repetitive use of the arms, or poor posture during computer use and work activities. These tight muscles can cause compression to the joints of the spine, nerves, and other structures that then lead to headaches.
Use of the computer for extended periods of time or sitting for work related activities can often lead to muscle imbalances such as tightness in the chest and shoulders. This combined with weakness in the muscles of the shoulder and neck can lead to joint irritation and headaches.
Our office's services can help you with these types of headaches. We specialize in chiropractic adjustments to help realign your joints. Our variety of specialized soft tissue manipulation techniques can help alleviate the tightness in your muscles. We can also evaluate your posture and give you stretches and exercises that will help alleviate your postural dysfunctions. Call now to book your appointment today!