I know a little bit about headaches. When I was 23 years old and starting my career as a stockbroker I began to experience migraine headaches. They became progressively worse to the point I could no longer function normally. In fact, I became bedridden and developed an allergic reaction to the pain medication Percodan. It was not much fun.
I saw my family doctor, a headaches specialist, neurologist, ear, nose and throat doctor, a brain surgeon and a TMJ specialist. Nothing worked. I had blood tests, hearing tests, brain scans, MRI, cat scans and every test under the sun. At one point I was told to brace for the worst because my headaches had come on suddenly and that was a red flag.
Not once did anyone suggest that the cause could be physical. Not once did anyone mention the NECK as a possible cause or origination point of the headaches?
It wasn’t until one of my clients, a chiropractor, called me at home to see how I was doing. He told me that chiropractors had great success with headaches and that in spite of everything I had been through there wa a very high likelihood he could help. I did not know him that well at the time but I would have tried anything at that point.
Well, he took x-rays of my spine and did an exam. He told me I had pinched nerves in my neck and that this was a primary cause of headaches. I said how come all these medical experts never said anything about this? He said that’s a good question…one I hear every day.
Now this chiropractor was so busy that his waiting room looked like a Greyhound Bus terminal. To me thi could only be possible if he was helping people. So I gave it a shot. I did have a positive experience in high school with a chiropractor when I had suffered an injury to my neck playing football. As it would turn out, this was part of my headaches problem. Previous injuries can create fertile soil for future problems.
Anyway, after just one visit I could tell I was feeling better. After a few weeks my headaches were almost gone. But get this…I still did not believe the chiropractic got rid of the headaches. I thought it was a coincidence. So as soon as I felt better I stopped. The headaches came back. Then I thought it didn’t work. I know now this is a typical sequence of events.
In any case, I returned to the chiropractor (who ended up becoming my best friend)with my tail between my legs and finished what I started. I have been headaches free since. Not only that, it was because of this experience that I decided to switch gears and become a chiropractor. I became fascinated with it It was the best decision I have ever made.
My story is not unique…many chiropractors have their personal story of what lead them into the profession. It’s one of the special bonds chiropractors have with each other.
I have been a chiropractor for over 22 years now and I have personally treated over 10,000 headaches patients. Because of my personal experience I was able to understand what they were going through and effectively treat the overwhelming majority of them.
In my opinion, the true cause of most headaches are misalignments (vertebral subluxations) in the neck. And the best treatment for headaches is chiropractic. And research supports this. Cjeck-out this article on the great chiropractic consumer website Chiro-Trust.org entitled The Neck and Headache Connection.
To find out if you are a candidate for headaches treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.