Nearly everyone has suffered from headaches at some point in their lives. Many simply take pain relievers and wait for the pain to subside.

But for some, headaches are a chronic problem that negatively impact job performance and quality of life.

At Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center and Motorsports Rehab on the shores of Lake Norman in Cornelius, we can help you with treatment plans and techniques you can use to cast away headache pain.

Helping patients reduce headache pain is something chiropractors do every day. And if you suffer from recurring headaches, you are far from alone.

A survey reported by the group ChiroTrust  found nearly 17 percent of those age 18 and older endured migraines or other painful headaches during the last quarter of 2011. Another study found head pain was the fifth top cause for United States emergency room visits and accounted for 1.2 percent of total outpatient visits.

More than 26 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 44 reported severe headaches during the same three-month period in 2011 – the third leading cause of emergency room visits.

When aspirin and other pain relieving drugs fail to tackle headache pain, it may be time to see a chiropractor. While drugs can temporarily reduce headache pain, they often fail to address underlying physical problems that may be the root cause of headache discomfort.

At Lakeside Sports, Dr. Jennifer Lidstrom helps patients with headache pain – and helps keep the pain at bay.

Proper posture can help ease headache pain in between visits to the chiropractor.

Good posture that helps prevent headaches is something anyone can achieve with the proper techniques.

For example, if you are looking at someone from a front view, their feet would turn symmetrically outward, albeit slightly. Ankles and shin bones would align, knees would bend a bit inward. The hips and pelvis should line up.

Shoulders should be level, with arms hanging loosely, not inwards.

But most important of all, your head should not be held forward. When it is, pressure increases and the head in effect picks up 10 pounds of weight for each inch it is held forward.

That leaves muscles in the upper back and neck picking up the slack – and that shift can lead to intense headache pain.

ChiroTrust reports such bad posture can add 30 unhealthy pounds of pressure to the neck and cause spinal problems. Decreased lung capacity can also result from bad posture.

If pain relievers and other drugs are not putting an end to your chronic headaches, contact Lakeside Sports and Dr. Lidstrom to develop a plan of attack to eliminate recurring headaches for good.