Headache is one of the most commonly treated health conditions in our Walnut Creek chiropractic care center. There are lots of types of head pain and their causes vary, but “Muscular Tension Headache” is the most common type. Tension head pain usually originate from long term contraction of the suboccipital muscles. The suboccipital muscles connect the junction between the back of the skull and the bones of the neck. A number of factors are generally involved causing a common head pain, as follows:

  • Inflammation of the muscles and other “trigger points.”
  • Irritation of the joints and compression of the nerves.
  • Dural traction on the spine and brainstem.

Nowadays, more and more individuals are inclined to sit for many hours with contracted postural muscles but with no significant physical exercise. Your muscle use up fuel and produce waste everytime there is contraction. Some of headachethe waste products of this contraction are histamine, bradykinins and lactic acid, which are irritants. If they are not properly taken out of the muscle they can trigger muscular inflammation, pain and build up into localized tender parts generally known as “trigger points.”

Those waste products must normally be watered down and taken out of the muscle tissue by the circulation. This procedure depends on the regular “contract – relax” muscle cyle. When the muscle contracts it generates a force on the fluids in the muscle and drives the blood out transporting away muscular waste products. When the muscle relaxes the force falls and blood surges back in transporting essential nutrients and energy.

Whenever we sit or stand, we are making use of our back and neck muscles necessary to support our body. When these muscles are kept contracted for a long time (several hours spent sitting or standing), the muscles are producing irritative waste products, but not relaxing and burning themselves of the irritants. After a while these irritants will cause the muscles to shed their normal flexibility and resting length starting to be stiffened and shortened. These stiffened and shortened muscles, often supported by trigger points could cause head and neck reflex pain.

If you are curious on how chiropractors can help you treat your head pain, call our Walnut Creek chiropractic office at 925-939-7778.

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According to Dr. T.J. Meyer, a Alamo Chiropractor, TMJ can certainly be given chiropractic care. For those who are not familiar with TMJ or Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction, here’s a quick explanation. TMJ happens when the disk in your jaw gets displaced, this particular condition causes a person to have a difficulty in opening and closing his or her mouth. If not treated, this could cause severe problems such as headaches and pain in the ears.

How can you tell if you have TMJ?
It is possible to tell if you have TMJ by a mincing or crunching sound whenever you open or close your mouth. Mostly, TMJ is brought on by activities that strain the jaw. Whatever the cause, however, individuals who endure the pain of this condition would like a treatment. That’s why they ask how chiropractic can actually fix TMJ and relieve them from TMJ pain.

Can a chiropractor treat TMJ?
The answer is yes. In fact, many times, patients have noticed that chiropractic care give more positive results than any allopathic treatment. Your Walnut Creek chiropractor will suggest some pain relieving exercises that will help relax the jaw muscles. The chiropractor will also have the patient concentrate on exercise, healthy eating plan and lifestyle changes that won’t only help the patient eliminate the pain, but will also prevent the pain from recurring.

To learn more, call 925-939-7778 or visit our office at:
170 B Alamo Plaza
Alamo, CA, 94507

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