Have you ever felt like your body is working against you? Like no matter how hard you try, you can’t shake off the persistent pain in your back and the pounding headache that just won’t go away? We get you.
Thousands of people are stuck in a similar situation and they are constantly seeking help from professionals like an Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Escondido to work around their health concerns and limit the impacts of their symptoms on their daily life.
In this article, we’ll explore the connection between back pain and headaches. This way, you can understand why they often occur together and what options you can use to alleviate both symptoms.
What Links Back and Head Pain?
It’s frustrating to experience back pain and headaches simultaneously. But, have you ever wondered what links the two conditions?
Many of the patients who come into our clinic for back pain and headache relief share one thing in common: having a history of neck and head trauma. Some suffered neck injuries from parkour tricks gone wrong, car collisions, amusement park ride problems, physical abuse, and losing one’s balance and hitting their head.
Unfortunately, previous head and neck trauma can affect the integrity of the connective tissues holding your Upper Cervical spine in place. This, consequently, leads to postural imbalances that cause brainstem irritation, nerve root compression, and muscle tension in the neck and upper back.
In the long run, the misaligned uppermost neck bones cause the rest of the spinal bones to shift away from their original position. This causes pinching of nerves along the lower back (one of the leading causes of chronic sciatica or sciatic nerve compression).
Luckily, there are many ways you can help your body cope with back pain and headache causes. And we will walk you through each option so you can decide which ones you can integrate into your current health and wellness routine.
Natural Ways to Combat Back and Head Pain Combo
It can be quite a confusing and frustrating time for you, especially if you don’t know where to start. We get it—quite a lot of patients who come to our practice have been there too! If you’re looking for some safe and natural ways to address your back pain and headaches combo, here are some tips to remember:
1.) Try a hot compress on the back of your neck
Heat can relax your muscles and nerves. So, you might want to try running a warm and relaxing bath after a long hectic workweek.
2.) Try yoga!
Yoga has been shown to help not only with headaches but also with back pain. Try looking for Yogis in your city or coordinate with a fitness center near you.
3.) Take an Epsom salt bath every night before bedtime
Epsom salt baths are known for their relaxing effects, so this is a great way to relieve stress and tension in your muscles (which can lead to more headaches).
Address Your Pain with Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Escondido
As we have established above, Upper Cervical misalignments can contribute to the onset of headaches and back pain that don’t improve despite taking medications or trying other sources of relief. The technique aims to correct the root cause of your symptoms. This holistic approach to pain takes into consideration the whole body and not just specific areas of concern – allowing for overall body function correction and management.
After all the necessary tests are done to gauge the severity of your neck pain and headaches, a Cervical Chiropractor can develop a personalized care plan to help you enjoy lasting pain relief from both these unnecessary pains.
This way, you can stop worrying about losing time with family, skipping social functions or feeling all sore and frustrated because of headaches and back pain. With the right care and support, you can get back to living life to the fullest. Book your appointment with Dr. Rickards today!
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rickards, call our Escondido office at (760) 274-0564. You can also click the button below. If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.