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What are Cluster Headaches?

Most people have some recognition of migraine headaches or tension-type headaches from straining over a computer too long or leading a stressful life. There is another headache that is perhaps the most debilitating though – cluster headaches. Some women have claimed that the excruciating pain of these attacks is worse than that of childbirth and many people are forced to miss work during the onset.

Comes In Cycles

The cluster headache is also often referred to as alarm headaches because they occur at specific times every day. When a sufferer is in cycle the pain might come at 10 AM 6 PM and 2 AM almost like clockwork. There are even some people that are in-cycle continuously and have these attacks almost every day of their life. It should be also noted that cluster aches occur in only one side of the head.

What are the Causes?

Abnormalities in the hypothalamus of the brain is believed to behind the cause of cluster headache but the exact cause is still unknown. There are hints that hormones and genetics may be involved in the cause. Certain factors may make the attack worse such as smoking, drinking alcohol, bacon, cocaine, medications, or air travel and heavy exertion.

How Are Cluster Headaches Remedied?

The best way so far to stop the pain of these headaches when they attack is to breathe in 100% pure oxygen. Some medications also help prevent and control the pain but it's not known why these work so finding the right dose for each person is a hit and miss process. For instance heart medication, anti-psychosis pills, anti-seizure prescriptions, and steroids all have varying levels of absolving the aches in different people. Calming the nerves through a chiropractor, biofeedback therapy, or relaxation therapy may also assist in prevention. Hopefully more information will come to light on the causes of and prevention methods for these damaging headaches.

Many patients develop headache after whiplash or other auto injuries. Our St. Louis chiropractors can help in the diagnosis and management of chronic headache.  Studies show that chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy can alleviate many common types of headache like cervicogenic, migraine, and tension-type headache. Contact Accident & Pain Relief of St. Louis to find natural relief of headache today.


What You Need to Know About Headaches after Auto Injuries

Many patients come to our St. Louis office wondering why they're experiencing headaches after a car accident injury, when they didn't strike their head during the crash.

Headaches after a car accident have a number of potential causes. If you have experienced a whiplash injury or cervical disc herniation, you may start to suffer from cervicogenic headaches. These headaches are form of referred pain that radiate from irritated nerves in the neck.

Tensions headaches are another possible type of headache that frequently develop as a result of muscle tension or spasms after a tissue injury. Dealing with the stressful after events of a car crash, like litigation and filing insurance claims, can also cause significant stress leading to tension headaches or migraine.

Headaches may be a sign of a more serious condition, like vascular injury or brain injury, so it's important to be evaluated by your doctor or St. Louis chiropractor as soon as possible. Contact Accident & Pain Relief of St. Louis for non-invasive treatment of headache.


How to Treat Neck Pain After a Car Accident

Neck pain is one of the most common symptoms experienced after a car accident, affecting up to 90% of auto-injury patients. If you were involved in a minor collision you may have walked away from the accident relatively unscratched, only to wake up the next day with a stiff, sore neck. Perhaps you pop a few pain relievers and hope the pain goes away in a few days, but what happens if it persists?

Here are five steps you can take to treat neck pain after a car accident in St. Louis, MO.

  1. Ice: As soon as you notice pain in your neck, apply ice packs to the painful areas for up to 30 minutes several times a day. This will help calm the inflammation and numb the pain.
  2. Anti-inflammatory Medications: Taking some Ibuprofen or Advil can help to ease the pain and decrease inflammation temporarily, but you'll need a long-term solution for relief. Long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can lead to liver, kidney, and stomach problems.
  3. See a Doctor: Visit your St. Louis chiropractor or your family physician as soon as possible after the auto injury. This will help to establish the extent of your injury, and help you develop a treatment plan  to prevent chronic symptoms.
  4. Stretch: When your initial pain subsides, performing gentle stretches can help you regain flexibility and strength in your neck. Our St. Louis chiropractors can use teach safe physical therapy exercises to prevent the development of harmful scar tissue.
  5. Get Adjusted: Chiropractic neck adjustments can also aide in preventing harmful scar tissue to decrease disability and pain.

Our St. Louis chiropractors are experienced in treating neck pain and whiplash after car accidents. Call Accident and Pain Relief of St. Louis to find lasting relief of neck pain today.


The Symptoms of Office Work Injuries and How to Counteract Them

You work in an office. This means you spend a majority of your day at your desk, usually on a computer or phone. You may have realized the mental and emotional ramifications of this lifestyle by now, but do you know the physical side affects? Here are just a few of these potentially dangers physical issues that come from working in an office, and a few way to combat them.

Back Pain

Despite popular opinion, humans weren't designed to sit in chairs. The constant use of chairs by those who work in an office environment has a long-term effect on the spine. This causes back pain, especially lower back pain.

Get up from your chair as often as possible – walk in circle within your office if possible, preferably every thirty minutes. You can also do stretches within your chair to promote blood flow in your spine, and prevent any additional damage.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the bane of those who work with computers – the constant strain and pressure upon your wrists is enough to cause long-lasting damage. This carpal tunnel syndrome can cause spikes of pain in and around your wrist area, making it hard to grasp things and even harder to type on a keyboard.

Make sure your wrist have proper support – invest in a soft keyboard support as well as a mouse-pad with a wrist support included. Stretches are key to keeping your wrists healthy – see your St.Louis chiropractor so that we can help get your wrists back into tip-top shape.


Stress is a problem for everyone, but especially those who work in office environments. Take time every day to wind down and pamper yourself. Participate in fulfilling, rewarding activities to counteract the lack of fulfillment you might feel from work.

Stress, unfortunately, can manifest as a myriad of physical issues. The tension stress causes all across your body can cause stomach pain, spinal pain, neck pain, and more. If you feel that stress is beginning to have a physical impact on you, head to a doctor promptly.

Our St. Louis chiropractors can relieve the neck pain, back pain, and other symptoms associated with office work. Seeing a chiropractor sooner rather than later will prevent you from developing chronic, lifelong problems.