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Headaches – An Informative Post

There are many different types of headaches, but of all the people with headaches out there 90% of them have cervicogenic (tension) headaches.  These are headaches caused by a poorly functioning neck.  These are usually described as tightness, stiffness, or a pressure.

There are other kinds of headaches, migraines for example are periodic, severe, throbbing headaches that usually last more than a few hours, but less than a day.  They can make the sufferer sensitive to light and sound, and cause nausea even vomiting.  Migraines affect women more often than men.  Migraines are commonly heard of and talked about because of their severity, but are much more rare than cervicogenic headaches.

Billions of dollars are spent on headaches each year in the United States.  Headaches are a major cause of lost productivity and time off work.  One of the top reasons for seeking treatment, headaches are big money for drug companies, and big losses to businesses.

People can end up with a headache from stress, a car accident, whiplash, or any kind of trauma.  Headaches can occur a day or even weeks after the initial injury due to the cumulative nature of those kinds of injuries.  Many people think their headaches come on for no reason at all, but if they think back they will remember an accident, increased stress, playing to hard on the weekend, or something a few days ago.

Treatment for headaches traditionally has been over the counter analgesics and NSAIDS, and even stronger medications for more severe symptoms.  These medications can cause serious side effects, and recent studies indicate that we as a country may be over using these to the extent that thousands of people have serious complications every year from these relatively safe drugs.  Many times these pain medications do not work, and can even cause what is termed “analgesic rebound headaches.”

Chiropractic has a great success rate with treating headaches.  It has been found to be better at providing pain relief (with less side effects) and reducing frequency than medication.  Chiropractic addresses the root cause rather than just the symptoms.  When treating your headaches your chiropractor (which could be me if you’re in Utah) should be addressing 3 major things: First reducing the pain, second improving neck function overall, and third proper strengthening of the neck to reduce future risk of re-injury.  While chiropractic is particularly good at resolving cervicogenic headaches it has also been shown to be effective with some types of migraines, and other headaches.

If you are experiencing headaches, don’t reach for that Aspirin bottle.  Reach for the phone and contact your chiropractor.  You will receive better, safer relief, and have less chance of recurrence.

Google Excitement

It has finally happened. I’m on the front page of google, and very near the top at that. Go ahead try it and see. If you type in “Orem Utah Chiropractor” or “Provo Utah Chiropractor” I, Dr. Duncan, am right there in the top 5 in the local business results, and on the first page of actual pages listed. I’m very excited for a couple of reasons. First that means that a reliable source will be one of the first that people go to for information on chiropractic, and second because it should be great free advertising.

Everyone wants their site to be number one. Some people hire search engine optimization companies. I’ll tell you how I did it, and hopefully it helps you too. I did it with continuous dedication. First I read up as much as I could stand about the topic, and found that good quality links are the key. So, I’ve tried to build good quality links to my site. Links from other prominent health related sites, free directories, related blogs, and anything else I could think of. Unrelated links are fine, but not as good.

The other thing I did was to enlist your help by posting regular posts here on my blog. Thank you for all your help. I appreciate your visiting my blog and my site. I hope to be able to continue to post valuable information for you.

Google ranking is a fickle thing. I could be back down tomorrow, so I will continue working on it. I hope to be number 1 soon and stay there. I will also continue to need your help. If you have a links section of your site please post a link to me at www.drduncanchiropractic.com or at least to my blog here. If you haven’t checked out my site please go take a look. I try to keep it up to date, but if you have any suggestions or ideas please let me know.