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Headaches

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Are headaches controlling your life?

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Are you feeling frustrated that no one understands the pain?

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Are you finding it hard to focus and concentrate?

Living with headaches is tough on anyone. Day after day, you experience feelings of being miserable, irritable, and tired; the frustration of knowing that your friends and family don’t  really realize what you are going through day after day. It can be hard to concentrate on even the easy tasks, let alone complete your day’s work and fulfill your family responsibilities without wondering when you will finally be able to go rest in a dark and quiet room.

Quick Headache Quiz

Take our 2 minute headache quiz to find out what kind of headaches you might have, and what can be done for relief.

Did you know that there’s no such thing as a “normal” headache? That’s right! Despite the normalization of headache pain, headaches are actually a symptom; it’s your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Headaches are a difficult health issue to walk around with, mostly because they’re an invisible problem. They don’t make noise like indigestion or show on your skin like eczema. Outsiders can’t tell that they are there, yet the symptoms that accompany headaches are often debilitating for sufferers. While headaches may be common it doesn’t mean that they are normal, rather there is a cause, if not multiple, for them.

According to Phil Page (2011), “Approximately 47% of the global population suffers from a headache and 15-20 percent of those headaches are cervicogenic (coming from the structures of the neck). Medical science has discovered that most headaches are caused by damaged structures around the neck like joints, ligaments, muscles, and cervical discs, all of which have complex nerve endings. Research has proven certain natural treatments have great success with headaches – even better than massage and medications – and with no side effects.” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3201065/)

What All Headaches Have in Common

In recent years, health care professionals have discovered that all headaches have one thing in common – STRESS! The stress can be physical, chemical or emotional. Figuring out which stressors trigger your headaches is the key to living headache-free! If you looked into biochemical stressors that can trigger headaches you would be likely to find things like drinking a glass of red wine or eating a certain type of food could be one. That’s not surprising given that some foods and additives can cause headaches. Common examples are caffeine, artificial sweeteners, red wine, and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Food sensitivities can also cause headaches. All of these mentioned are chemical stressors.

Have you ever noticed that you get a headache after a heated argument, confrontation or stressful day? These are all examples of emotional stressors and they, too, can contribute to headaches. But what about physical stressors? Do you get a headache after a long day in front of the computer? Poor sleep ergonomics, the wrong type of pillow and poor posture are all physical stressors that can contribute to headaches. Other common examples of physical stressors are car accidents, head injuries, falls, repetitive movements or sedentary lifestyles.

Other Headache Causes

Headaches can also often be caused by misalignment of the spine. Life stressors can cause the spine to go out of alignment. These misalignments are called vertebral subluxations and they can cause not only pain but also interference on the nervous system—making proper brain-body communication nearly impossible. Nearly all spinal problems are caused by some type of mechanical or structural stress; therefore, correcting these misalignments restores the body’s ability to function optimally.

For many, it can get even worse, especially if ignored. This can mean doctors’ visits, MRIs, CT scans and x-rays — which often come back with “normal” results. If that isn’t enough, it can lead to popping painkiller medication like it’s going out of style to at least take the edge off. Or, for some, trying various headache prescription medications with not much success, never getting to the root issue.

Are you wondering, “How do I get rid of headaches”? Imagine for a second being able to live life like a normal person again, pain-free and without headaches — being able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and not have to worry that your headache will hit you at just the wrong time.

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What All Headaches Have in Common

In recent years, health care professionals have discovered that all headaches have one thing in common – STRESS! The stress can be physical, chemical or emotional. Figuring out which stressors trigger your headaches is the key to living headache-free! If you looked into biochemical stressors that can trigger headaches you would be likely to find things like drinking a glass of red wine or eating a certain type of food could be one. That’s not surprising given that some foods and additives can cause headaches. Common examples are caffeine, artificial sweeteners, red wine, and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Food sensitivities can also cause headaches. All of these mentioned are chemical stressors.

Have you ever noticed that you get a headache after a heated argument, confrontation or stressful day? These are all examples of emotional stressors and they, too, can contribute to headaches. But what about physical stressors? Do you get a headache after a long day in front of the computer? Poor sleep ergonomics, the wrong type of pillow and poor posture are all physical stressors that can contribute to headaches. Other common examples of physical stressors are car accidents, head injuries, falls, repetitive movements or sedentary lifestyles.

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Other Headache Causes

Headaches can also often be caused by misalignment of the spine. Life stressors can cause the spine to go out of alignment. These misalignments are called vertebral subluxations and they can cause not only pain but also interference on the nervous system—making proper brain-body communication nearly impossible. Nearly all spinal problems are caused by some type of mechanical or structural stress; therefore, correcting these misalignments restores the body’s ability to function optimally.

For many, it can get even worse, especially if ignored. This can mean doctors’ visits, MRIs, CT scans and x-rays — which often come back with “normal” results. If that isn’t enough, it can lead to popping painkiller medication like it’s going out of style to at least take the edge off. Or, for some, trying various headache prescription medications with not much success, never getting to the root issue.

Are you wondering, “How do I get rid of headaches”? Imagine for a second being able to live life like a normal person again, pain-free and without headaches — being able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and not have to worry that your headache will hit you at just the wrong time.

This doesn’t have to seem so far out of reach. If we know that misalgnments in your spine can cause headaches, we know the next step; Chiropractors are trained to detect and correct these misalignments and develop a care plan to address the root cause of your headaches. Chiropractic is a safe, effective, drug-free way to treat and get rid of headaches, putting you on track to the life you want.

  • Seeing Dr. Beauchamp has literally changed my life. I’ve gone from 5-6 days with a headache per week to maybe 1 headache a month. I used to take allergy meds 365 days a year, I only take them in ragweed season now (maybe 90 days). My digestion is better as well (did not change my diet at all). Dr. Beauchamp is a super positive, friendly person as is everyone else there. I always look forward to my appointments.

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    Liz Bradbury
    11/25/2019

    Dr. Nathalie is a very knowledgeable, experienced professional. I've had chiropractic care before, however I was always nervous to have my neck adjusted. Dr. Nathalie inspires such confidence that I have no worries at all about any procedures. I'm seeing improvement in my pain, stiffness and energy level. The entire office is very professional, efficient, and has the latest equipment for identifying issues in your body. I'm glad to be a patient there.

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    Marianne Prokopec
    8/06/2019

    Very happy with my experience so far. I went in for migraines and I’ll be honest, I was scared as I never been to see a chiro before. Dr Beauchamp made me very comfortable. It’s only been three weeks but I already see a big difference. Love the online appointment booking, the staff is great and very friendly. I would definitely recommend this clinic to my friends and family.

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    Isabelle Gingras
    8/06/2019
  • I came to see Dr. Nathalie when I was five months postpartum with chronic migraines, fibromyalgia and general aches and pains post-baby. I was skeptical, as I had never tried Chiropractic care, but after trying acupuncture, massage and physio, I needed something different. I immediately felt welcome at my assment when Dr. Nathalie greeted me and asked her assistant to hold my baby - so helpful and kind! We came up with a plan for care, and after two months of treatment I have noticed an absolutely amazing decrease in pain. I am sleeping better, and have more energy.

    Dr. Nathalie is exceptional at her job, and I love listening to her #HackYourHealth podcast while waiting. The office staff are warm and inviting, and I love the ability to schedule appointments online, especially the same day if needed.

    I am always blown away when Dr. Nathalie remembers details about my personal life, as she sees so many patients, and it even though adjustments are super fast, she always makes me feel like I am a valued client and that she genuinely cares about mt health.

    If you are looking to improve your quality of life and health overall, I urge you to visit Dr. Nathalie ASAP. Particularly if you suffer from fibromyalgia, or postpartum pain. Thanks to Dr. Nathalie and the staff for your care (and always having warm tea!).

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    Andrea Banks
    2/13/2019

    Dr. Sylvie is so pleasant and knowledgeable. I began spinal adjustments in October twice a week. I sustained injuries in a motor vehicle collision. Migraine like headaches DAILY, reduced cervical ROM, mid back pain with facial and arm and hand tingling and numbness. Dr. Sylvie has worked some magic on all of my symptoms. I still have issues and will require continuous medical intervention BUT chiro continues to be helpful. I look forward to the adjustments. ALL staff at Sante have been wonderful.

    Gwen Despatie Avatar
    Gwen Despatie
    12/10/2018

    taking care of long overdue neck pains and headaches txs

    Lise Michaud- Soucy Avatar
    Lise Michaud- Soucy
    7/21/2017

Great news!

At Santé Chiropractic and Wellness Centre we have the technology and expertise to assess your spine and get to the root cause of your headaches. The clinic has been working with the Orléans community for 24+ years helping people regain control of their lives.

For Your Headache New Patient Evaluation

What does this Headache Evaluation include?

  • An in-depth consultation where we will review the details of your present health status and work to detect the root cause.
  • A full neuromusculoskeletal examination.
  • State-of-the-Art technology to perform neuro-spinal scans to measure the efficiency of your nervous system and brain-body communication.
  • If necessary, x-rays to determine the state of your spine in terms of degeneration and if specific spinal problems, such as subluxations in the neck, are contributing to your pain and symptoms.
  • A thorough analysis and report of your exam and x-ray findings so we can begin planning your next steps to being pain-free and active again.
  • An in-depth consultation where we will review the details of your present health status and work to detect the root cause.
  • A full neuromusculoskeletal examination.
  • State-of-the-Art technology to perform neuro-spinal scans to measure the efficiency of your nervous system and brain-body communication.
  • If necessary, x-rays to determine the state of your spine in terms of degeneration and if specific spinal problems, such as subluxations in the neck, are contributing to your pain and symptoms.
  • A thorough analysis and report of your exam and x-ray findings so we can begin planning your next steps to being pain-free and active again.
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