Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

How would it feel to wake up each day not knowing if you would be able to do the activities that are most basic to your human existence? The condition known as “headache” leaves a staggering number of individuals unable to care for themselves or their loved ones. The World Health Organization states that, “Half to three quarters of adults aged 18–65 years in the world have had headache in the last year.” Although for many the frequency and severity of headaches are not a major concern, a very large percentage of people are completely stopped in their tracks on a regular basis due to this condition. These heavily affected individuals are commonly forced to either “suck it up” and get through their day or turn to over the counter drugs or specific headache medication for relief. In personally speaking with hundreds of headache sufferers, many are fed up with a life that is dependent on drugs in order to get through their week. They also speak of the anxiety that is created due to the unpredictable nature of their headache frequency. Most devastating are the negative consequences that the family and friends of these individuals must endure when headaches strike. In the Global Burden of Disease Study, updated in 2013, “headache disorders” was found to be the third highest cause worldwide of years lost due to disability. It is important to note that the word disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” This means that headaches are not just causing people pain, but rather, restricting their ability to live out a normal existence and their purpose. You may be wondering why so many people are referred to my office in hopes of ridding themselves of headaches? Fortunately, through the use of an appropriate screening process, which includes x- rays of the spine, a corrective chiropractor can determine if the cause of headaches is a spinal condition. If a person’s headaches are deemed a result of a spine problem, corrective chiropractic care offers a drug free, long term solution which also includes a number of other substantially positive health affects. According to the World Health Organization, ”Headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system.” Chiropractic is based upon the concept that the nervous system is the communication system of the body and therefore controls all functions. The spinal cord, which helps to distribute electrical impulses or energy throughout the body, is housed and protected by the spine. When a person exhibits forward head posture, in which the head is carried forward of the shoulders when