Headaches: Drugless solutions

Health Sep 27, 2019 at 2:17 pm

headaches03__1_2_4908By Julie Engebretson

Looking for an effective solution to those nagging headaches without all the side effects associated with medications? Try chiropractic care.
Blame it on stress, poor sleep or genes, headaches are a painful part of life for many Americans. Severe, chronic headache is one of the most common sources of pain, interfering with the ability to enjoy social activities and lessening quality of life.

It is estimated that 15 percent of adults in the United States suffer from chronic migraines or severe headache pain. Better illustrated, in a room of six people, it is likely that at least one person is popping aspirin, acetaminophen or something stronger. But are drugs really the best way to treat headache pain?

Headache sufferers spend billions each year on over-the-counter and prescription pain medication for relief. But these drugs have the potential to cause even more pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a class of medications that includes commonly used pain relievers such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve and Excedrin, have been associated with side effects ranging from stomach bleeding and ulcers to decreased kidney and liver function or failure. In fact, headaches are a potential side effect of several NSAIDs! And yet so many Americans remain trapped inside capsule after tiny capsule of temporary relief, at best, masking the problem and ignoring the risk. Isn’t it time for a little more cure and a lot less risk?

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