The Fastest Way to Get Rid of Headaches...Chiropractic Adjustments?
We see a large number of men and women with headaches in our Hopkins office, and we've been able to provide relief for most of them. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that half of all adults deal with some sort of headache problem, so this actually isn’t surprising. One of the most common varieties of headaches that our patients are afflicted by is "cervicogenic headache" which, fortunately, chiropractic can commonly help!
What is a Cervicogenic Headache?
A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from issues in the cervical spine, the upper part of the neck specifically. It can be thanks to a problem with either the spine itself (in particular, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it might be due to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine creates squeezing or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can give you headache pain.
How do you know if the headache you are going through is a cervicogenic headache? Besides receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is sometimes combined with pain in the forehead, eyes, back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
How Chiropractic Helps with Cervicogenic Headaches
Seeing that cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever issue is triggering them is corrected, it is crucial to get treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that can provide a great deal of relief, and often very quickly.
In one study circulated in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts looked at 80 people who had recurrent cervicogenic headaches. Fifty percent got chiropractic care and the other half engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was discovered that chiropractic provided the most beneficial effects.
Specifically, this study found that chiropractic adjustments provided patients better pain relief and decreased the number of headaches that occurred. In addition, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Adam Sagedahl at Full Motion Chiropractic can do for you and your headaches, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!
- 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/