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Cervicogenic headaches, or headaches that originate in the neck, are usually more than a little bothersome. Not only do they cause you a decent amount of pain, but they can also reduce your quality of life – especially if you start avoiding certain events or activities you used to love due to the hurt. Fortunately, according to a study published in The Spine Journal, relief may be just a few chiropractic visits away.

Researchers took 80 people who suffered with regular, chronic cervicogenic headaches and split them up into two groups, with some individuals participating in eight weeks of light massage and the rest receiving spinal manipulation therapy for the same amount of time. Then each group was split yet again with some members receiving treatment once a week and others receiving double that amount, or twice a week sessions, totaling 16 visits all together.

Individuals treated by a chiropractor were more likely to see a 50% improvement in the amount of pain they were experiencing. They also experienced a 50% reduction in headache frequency compared to the group who had light massage. Additionally, the gains experienced by the subjects who received 16 chiropractic adjustments were only slightly higher than those who received eight adjustments.

So if you’re suffering from cervicogenic headaches and want to find relief, call us at Accident & Pain Relief of St. Louis. We’ll do what it takes to help you feel better!

Reference

Haas M, et al. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal. 2010; 10: 117-128.