During a recent interview, Dr. Chad Anderson explains what causes many of the migraines in the patients he sees and how his team offers relief.
I do see a lot of people who come in our office, that have headaches, many who’ve had headaches for many years, and they’ve gone to different medical providers and they’ve tried every drug.
They’ve tried physical therapy, they’ve tried a lot of different things and a lot of times they’ve tried these measures but nothing has gotten rid of the headaches.
One thing that I like to talk to them about is looking into whats causing the headaches. I find that a lot of people have gone through these measures and never had their cervical spine checked out. They’ve never had any x-rays or imaging done to see if their posture and the neck is lined up properly.
Nowadays, there’s so many people with jobs, whether you’re a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer, or you work at a computer all day, and a lot of things we do during the day require us to have that anterior head posture that puts the head out in front of the body all the time.
People don’t know that our head weighs about the same amount as a bowling ball. If you picked up a bowling ball right next to your body, close to your center of gravity, you could probably stand there all day long. But when you take that bowling ball and hold it out in front of your body a few inches, just like we hold our heads throughout the day, those muscles start to get really tight, really fatigued, and cause a lot of muscular tightness in the neck.
All those muscles in the back of the neck are connected to all those bones in the neck. Once those muscles get tight they pull back on those cervical vertebrae causing that spine to straighten out. Once your spine straightens out, you no longer have that spring action or curve in the neck.
Once those joints are starting to jam and compress down together and over time all those cervical nerves, once they start to get irritated they start to get compressed there, they cause a lot of neck pain, tension headaches, migraines, a lot of things can stem from that abnormal head posture. So I find that when I have patients that have a lot of headaches, my primary goal is to not only address the headache but to find out why they’re having that headache. And I find that I try to address what caused the problem as opposed to just the symptom itself.