Is back pain causing my headaches? 

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Triggers. They’re the obsession of anyone who suffers from chronic headaches. What causes that throbbing pain in your temples? If you could figure it out, then you could avoid carrying pain medicine everywhere. To find the source, consider thinking holistically and not just focusing on your head. It’s possible that a neck or back problem is leading to your cerebral challenges. Keep reading to learn more about the connections between back pain and headaches.

Posture – For most full-time employees, work equals hours spent sitting at a desk. Consider your posture for the majority of the day – are you slouched, hunched or slumped? Straighten up. Keep your spine straight and your head level, looking straight ahead. Adjust your computer screen and keyboard positions to help you maintain proper posture. Making these small adjustments could alleviate tension in your shoulders and back muscles, in turn helping to relieve your headaches.

Daily habits – Getting out of bed, picking up laundry, loading the dishwasher – all of these actions can put strain on your spine and back muscles. Over time, doing the wrong motion repeatedly can lead to a bulging disc, a pinched nerve and, eventually, chronic headaches. Consider adjusting these daily habits so you can maintain good posture and protect your back from unnecessary problems.

Stress – While stress alone may not lead to headaches, it can play a large role. Tightening the back and shoulder muscles can throw off your spine’s alignment, lead to muscle fatigue, and put more pressure and work on the spine. Slipped discs can occur over time, and that movement can lead to pressure on a nerve that can be easily aggravated, then radiating up the spine and becoming a full blown headache. Next time you feel the pressure of your day, take a moment to assess the mechanics of your body. Finding a way to redirect the stress you carry in your back may prevent a headache down the road.

Injury –An injury may have caused damage to your neck or back leading to various symptoms, including headaches. Ligament or muscle strain can cause headaches, as well as whiplash or herniated discs in the spine. If you experience neck stiffness, limited range of motion, dull or sharp pains, see a primary care physician for treatment.

The good news is that figuring out the trigger can reduce your headaches. If surgery is recommended for a more serious neck or back injury, contact Laser Spine Institute for information on minimally invasive techniques that could help you find pain relief.

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