We see a lot of folks with headaches in our Lancaster, OH office, and Dr. Maynard has been able to assist many of them. For that matter, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that 50 percent of all adults deal with some type of headache problems, so this certainly isn’t a surprise. One of the most frequent kinds of headaches which our patients have problems with is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can commonly help.
Cervicogenic Headaches Defined
A cervicogenic headache is one that starts from a problem in the cervical spine. It might be generated by a problem with either the spine itself (particularly, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it could be due to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine produces compaction or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can result in headache pain.
How can you tell if the headache you are suffering from is a cervicogenic headache? Apart from being given a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, a frequent symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is occasionally coupled with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
How Chiropractic Helps
Seeing that cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever problem is inducing them is corrected, it is essential to receive treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent approach, and one that offers a great deal of relief.
In one study printed in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers studied 80 people who had repeated cervicogenic headaches. Half of them got chiropractic care and the other half engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was evaluated 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic provided the best effects.
Specifically, this study noted that chiropractic adjustments provided patients enhanced pain relief and lessened the frequency of headaches that occurred. What's more, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Maynard can do for you and your headaches, call us 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/