The ache in headache does not come from your brain - your brain cannot feel pain. During brain surgery, a patient is often wide awake and feeling nothing, even talking to the surgeons and nurses while his/her brain is being operated on (a local anesthetic numbs the scalp). So what puts the "ache" in headache? It's the non-brain cranial nerves. When these structures are stretched, compressed, irritated, inflamed, or infected, headaches often result.
Why do millions of headache sufferers turn to the natural, drug-free chiropractic approach to health?
That's because chiropractic has a unique healing approach - chiropractors are the only health professionals trained to analyze your body for a serious and often ignored condition that can damage your nerves, cause tissue inflammation, cause muscles to tighten and knot, weaken your body, cause fatigue, and set the stage for sickness and disease. This condition is called the vertebral subluxation.
Just as you may have a cavity in your tooth and be unaware of the damage it is causing, so can the subluxation be causing serious harm to your body - sometimes for years - without your knowledge.
What exactly is a subluxation? It is a tiny distortion or misalignment in your spine that stresses your nervous system, the system that controls your body. What causes the subluxation? Any physical or emotional stress that your body cannot withstand can cause your spine to develop a subluxation.
Why has chiropractic been a blessing to so many headache sufferers? The reason may be that most headache sufferers appear to have a subluxation. For example, one study of 6,000 long-term headache sufferers (two to 25 years) revealed that neck injury (whiplash, falls) was the most important factor in the cause of the headache and should be suspected in every nonspecific case of headache.