From our patient letter  "Pain Free News"

Last updated on July 13, 2016

Woman with headache

If you suffer from frequent headaches, it is natural to assume the cause is something current. Like stress or a sinus infection.

However, more often than not there is no obvious on-going culprit. This is because many headaches arise from injuries sustained in the past.

The events listed below, crop up again and again in the case histories of patients with chronic headaches. The common factor is that they all cause massive and persistent tension at the top of the neck (suboccipital area).

Excessive tension here jams the joints between the skull and the C1 vertebra. You lose a small hinging movement between your neck and your head. This in turn leads to compression of the cranium, and headaches

If any of the incidents listed below have happened to you in the past, it's a likely cause  of your headache now:

1) Extensive Dental Work (extractions, root canal work, braces)

2) Car Accidents (even minor ones)

3) Trauma to the Head and Face (fractured jaw, nose, concussions)

4) Neck Surgery (thyroid, cervical discectomy or fusion)

5) Falls (from ladders, horses, downstairs, any fall)

​Many chronic headaches start this way. 

Philip Hambly