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What Causes People to Suffer from Chronic Headaches? Another blog post from Ann Arbor chiropractor Mike Tannenbaum, D.C.

What Causes People to Suffer from Chronic Headaches? Another blog post from Ann Arbor chiropractor Mike Tannenbaum, D.C.


I regularly see people at my Ann Arbor chiropractic office who complain of chronic headaches. These folks often don’t know why they’re getting headaches. However, in my experience successfully treating people with chronic headaches, there are often at least two overlapping factors that each chronic headache sufferer experiences. The first, though not something that has had thorough scientific studies to gather evidence, is that (100% of) chronic headache suffers have neck bone misalignment, which chiropractors call “subluxation.” The x-rays I’ve taken of these patients over the last 17 years at my Ann Arbor chiropractic office confirm this in my practice.  


In addition to the neck subluxation, many people with chronic headaches have an additional contributing factor,  some of which I’ve discussed below.


Food Sensitivities: Evidence from studies is overwhelming. It is a well-known phenomenon that some people suffer from various food sensitivities that result in headaches. A couple examples of foods that cause some to get headaches are refined sugar, blue cheese, and red wine.


Environmental Sensitivities: Many people experience headaches due to certain synthetic products that emit vapors, such as lawn chemicals, fragrances, or cleaning products.


Water Consumption: Study after study shows that drinking too little water can cause headaches.


Posture: Poor posture has been shown to cause headaches. For example, sitting for long periods of time using a computer, with your neck in a forward (“anterior”) position.


Stress: Excess stress, or overly worrying, is a well-known cause of headaches.


If you have any questions about this blog post, chiropractic, back pain, neck pain, or headaches, I can be reaches at my Ann Arbor chiropractic office at [email protected].




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