We see a large number of individuals with headaches in our Watkinsville office, and Family Chiropractic of Athens, Inc has been able to provide relief for many of them. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that half of all adults deal with some kind of headache problem, so this actually isn’t unexpected. One of the most typical varieties of headaches that our patients are afflicted with is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can commonly help.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that stems from problems in the cervical spine. It could be as a result of an issue with either the spine itself (particularly, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it might be a result of a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine contributes to compression or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can generate headache pain.

How do you recognize if the headache you are feeling is a cervicogenic headache? Other than getting a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a frequent symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is occasionally followed by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

Chiropractic to the Rescue

Seeing that cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever issue is generating them is corrected, it is critical to receive treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective solution, and one that offers a great deal of pain relief.

In one study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists evaluated 80 people who had recurrent cervicogenic headaches. One-half received chiropractic care and the other fifty percent engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was found that chiropractic delivered the optimum results.

In particular, this study noted that chiropractic adjustments gave patients greater pain relief and reduced the number of headaches that occurred. Furthermore, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Family Chiropractic of Athens, Inc can do for you and your headaches, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you need!

References

  • 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/
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