We see a considerable number of men and women with headaches in our Jacksonville and Fleming Island, FL office, and Select Health and Wellness has been able to help many of them. Actually, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that 50 percent of all adults struggle with some kind of headache problems, so this really isn’t shocking. One of the most prevalent varieties of headaches which our patients experience is cervicogenic headache which, luckily for us, chiropractic can often help.
What is a Cervicogenic Headache?
A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from an issue in the cervical spine. It might be attributable to a problem with either the spine itself (primarily, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it might be attributed to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine can cause compression or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can contribute to headache pain.
How can you recognize if the headache you are experiencing is a cervicogenic headache? Apart from being given a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is sometimes followed by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
Headache Relief with Chiropractic
Seeing that cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever issue is causing them is remedied, it is critical to receive treatment instead of just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective approach, and one that provides a considerable amount of relief.
In one study released in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts studied 80 people who had recurrent cervicogenic headaches. One-half were given chiropractic care and the other fifty percent underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was discovered that chiropractic offered the best effects.
Specifically, this study uncovered that chiropractic adjustments offered patients enhanced pain relief and lessened the number of headaches that occurred. Furthermore, it also mitigated the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Select Health and Wellness can do for you and your headaches, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you need!
- Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18(9).
- World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/