Does a Goose Get Headaches?
I have no idea, but odds are if you have a “goose neck” you are much more likely to have headaches or migraines. We can all pretty much agree that the anatomy of a goose is significantly different than that of a human. Particularly the neck of a human, unlike a goose, was designed to have a “C” shaped curve. This is why if someone describes you as having a “goose neck” you can be sure that it is not a compliment.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, fourteen percent of the patients who regularly visit chiropractors go for relief from headaches. I have to admit when I looked this up I was surprised. I honestly figured it would be more. Especially because every time I’m out in public I end up hearing a conversation between two people about how they or someone they know, or both is dealing with headaches or migraines. Even more than that I see an insane amount of people walking around on a daily basis who have serious anterior head syndrome issues (aka gooseneck). Just take a look for yourself. It’s not hard to spot a majority of the population with their head jetting forward in front of their body instead of being properly balanced over their shoulders.
I can only assume that most of the public has yet to be educated that this particular shift in your neck is clearly going to impose some serious stress on the muscles in your neck. So here it is. Just so you know, if you are having or have had headaches or migraines there is a good chance that you have some structural abnormalities in your spine.
While there are many medications traditional doctors might prescribe, chiropractors treat headaches by getting to the cause of the problem, which helps the body to correct it. If you have a gooseneck it’s pretty stinking obvious that Advil, Aleve, Tylenol or any other pharmaceutical drug or injection is not going to change the structure. Any time there is a structural deviation away from normal in the spine the only proper treatment that can fix it is chiropractic care.
“Well, maybe it’s just my muscles… You know my migraines get worse with stress.” Well, yeah. Hold your arms straight out in front of you and see how long it takes before the muscles in your shoulders get stressed. The same principle applies to the muscles in your neck if your head is three inches in front of your body the entire day… or for that matter during the night as well. Yes, I’m talking to all of you who sleep with monster pillows behind your head or even on your stomach with you head turned for seven to eight hours.
Now it’s important to note that the primary cause of all headaches or migraines isn’t spinal. There are many other conditions that can result in headaches and migraines. Some of which are very severe health problems that can require emergency treatment. This is all the more reason to get yourself checked out by a chiropractor or medical doctor ASAP. While medical doctors are the masters of emergency and life-threatening conditions that require immediate care, chiropractors are equally equipped to handle the chronic, debilitating, severe, non-life threatening soft tissue and spinal related injuries (outside of fractures) that are common in everyday life from poor posture, auto accidents, whiplash, sports injuries, slips, falls, repetitive motions, sedentary office work etc.
The mistake that people often make is thinking that non-life threatening or non-emergency means that it’s not important or even in severe cases of extreme pain chiropractic can often be the safest and most effective form of treatment e.g. sciatica, disc bulge or prolapse. It’s important to weigh ALL your options before proceeding with care. Corrective Chiropractic of Greenville, NC can help you weigh all your options, not just chiropractic so that you have the best information to make your decision.