Spinal Health Week 2023

Spinal Health Week (22 – 28 May 2023) is an initiative of the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA). It is Australia’s longest-running national health awareness campaign. It is dedicated to improving the spinal health of Australians of all ages.

Pregnant Lady Dealing with a Cervicogenic headache or Migrane

During national Spinal Health Week 2023, the ACA is tackling spine related headaches by increasing the awareness of this condition and aims to improve spinal health through effective, low risk, drug-free solutions that limit the impact headaches have on the quality of life of over 46% of Australians.

With more than 7 million Australians suffering from debilitating tension headaches, and more than 4.9 million suffering chronic migraines, the economic impact to Australia exceeds $35.7 billion annually.

If you or someone you know is among the 11.9 million Australians suffering from headaches or migraines and you’re tired of headaches holding you back, act now and take back control of your life!

By understanding the relationship between spinal health and headaches, individuals can take proactive steps to improve their posture, manage stress, and seek appropriate healthcare interventions when needed. Prioritizing spinal health can contribute to overall well-being and potentially reduce the frequency or severity of headaches caused by spinal issues.

Tension headaches and cervicogenic headaches are two types of headaches that are often associated with issues in the neck or upper spine:

  1. Tension Headaches: Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They are typically characterized by a dull, aching pain that may feel like a tight band around the head. While the exact cause of tension headaches is not fully understood, it is believed that muscle tension and stress can contribute to their development. Poor posture, particularly in the neck and upper back, can contribute to muscle tension and increase the likelihood of tension headaches.
  2. Cervicogenic Headaches: Cervicogenic headaches originate from the neck or cervical spine. They occur when pain signals from the structures in the neck, such as joints, muscles, or nerves, are referred to the head. These headaches may cause pain on one side of the head, typically starting in the neck and spreading to the back of the head, temples, and forehead. Poor posture, neck injuries, or underlying conditions such as cervical spine osteoarthritis or herniated discs can contribute to cervicogenic headaches.

Chiropractic care is one approach that may be beneficial for individuals experiencing headaches related to spinal health. Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, including those affecting the spine. Chiropractic adjustments, manual therapy techniques, exercises, and posture correction are among the interventions chiropractors may use to address spinal issues that could contribute to headaches.

It’s important to note that not all headaches are solely related to spinal health, and there can be other causes. If you experience frequent or severe headaches, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a chiropractor or doctor, for a proper evaluation and diagnosis. They can help determine the underlying cause of your headaches and recommend appropriate treatment options.

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