Self care for Headaches

Self Care for headaches in Asheville NC

By Dr. Mathew Stockstad,  Asheville Chiropractor

What Can You Do to help your headaches in Asheville NC?

I suggest the following:

  • Take short breaks every 20-30 minutes. If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on the couch, typing, or reading, take a break and stretch a couple of times an hour.
  • Do some lite stretches by taking your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion, which will decrease joint stiffness and increase blood flow to the joints and muscles.
  • Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. Engage in such activities as walking, Yoga, or low-impact aerobics.
  • Avoid clenching your teeth. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing and chewing. Headaches that come from clinching bring on stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) - the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull - leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches. (TMJ irritation is also easily treatable by chiropractors.)  It is often referred to as TMD temporomandibular dysfunction.
  • Drink lots of water. at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.

Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways - not just back pain. We know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and we can take steps to relieve those problems.

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