How Your Neck Pain Could Be Causing Your Headaches

What’s worse than a headache, or a feeling of pain in the neck? How about experiencing both of those at the same time? Unfortunately, this is a very common reality for many people in today’s society. The causes for this particular issue can vary greatly, but the outcome of aches and pains in the entire upper region of the body is still the same, and is still highly uncomfortable. Still, according to an informative post by Spine Universe, this kind of health issue is not only common, but it can be treated effectively.

In fact, even though there are a few different treatment methods and remedies that a medical professional can end up recommending to their patient with this problem, it turns out that more and more patients are turning to chiropractic care as well as other natural treatment solutions, in order to holistically improve their healthy and clear up the painful symptoms that they are experiencing.

First of all, you may be wondering how exactly neck pain can even cause headaches in the first place. Essentially, it is important to know that the neck contains the upper three cervical spinal roots. Each of these cervical spinal roots shares a pain nucleus with the trigeminal nerve. A pain nucleus is what informs your brain to feel pain, while the trigeminal nerve is what sends information from the face to the brain. As you can no doubt imagine, since these two nerves are so closely connected, both literally in an anatomical sense, as well as physiologically, it really does make sense that pain that is felt in the neck can get into the nervous system and be translated into the other nerves it surrounds as a headache that is occurring as well.

Interestingly enough, even if the only real kind of pain you are currently experiencing is the kind that is in your neck, your brain may get confused by the abrupt overload of pain signals and other information that will lead it into falsely thinking that a headache is occurring as well. Unfortunately, for all of the many wondrous things that your brain does for you, it just isn’t perfect, and it can make mistakes like this. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help. Regular spinal column adjustments can work to improve overall body health, wellness, and overall function by ensuring that the vertebrae of the spinal column are all aligned correctly and in the proper posture.

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