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A Daily Beach Walker Calls Dr. Timothy Harcourt To Ask If He Can Help With Her Headaches And A Short Leg

Nov 8, 2021 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

It’s estimate that 15-20% of headaches originate in the neck. That is, dysfunction in the neck can put pressure on the three nerves that innervate the head, causing the symptoms associated with a cervicogenic headache. 

The posture of the neck is also important. There is normally a forward curve of the neck, which keeps the head back over the shoulders. With a slouched posture, the head is in a more forward position and the body reacts by contracting the muscles at the back of the neck and shoulders. This constant pull of the muscles can cause pain at the base of the skull, possibly resulting in headaches.

But spinal problems away from the neck can also cause shifts in posture that can provoke a headache. Doctors of chiropractic take a full-spine approach to care because even shifts in posture at the hips can have profound effects higher up in the body. This is why your doctor may carefully examine your entire spine if you complain of headaches, and not just focus on your head or neck.

In some patients, there may be an asymmetry of the leg lengths. This can cause a shift of the pelvis and tilting, which will then need to be compensated from above. This can occur at the upper neck, because the body will usually try to keep your head on straight and your eyes level.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments in the neck, a patient may need a vertebra tilt corrected in the lower spine. In some patients with a short leg, a heel lift in the shoe is enough to give the added stability to the spine.

Sometimes the area of the body that patients feel pain may not be where the root cause is located. Headaches, more than many other types of pain, can have their cause far removed from the head itself. Although headaches can rarely be a sign of a serious problem, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, more often the spine is a cause that is too commonly overlooked.

So, if you are experiencing headaches and type in pain management near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my brain or neck.” Also, if you feel arm pain it may indicate things are getting worse and may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your neck.  Some people have a feeling of their “head aching.”

What type of headache is it to include tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraine headaches, sinus headaches, or toxic headaches? 

Regardless of the type, it can leave you feeling exhausted fatigued, nauseous, and even depressed. Some get severe pain behind the eyes.  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional. 

Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.

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