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Downtown St. Louis, MO Chiropractic Effective for Cervicogenic Headache

We see a great number of people with headaches in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office, and Dr. Holland has been able to support many of them. Actually, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 50% of all adults struggle with some manner of headache condition, so this actually isn’t a surprise. One of the most common types of headaches that our patients are afflicted with is cervicogenic headache which, luckily for us, chiropractic can usually help.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that starts from an issue in the cervical spine. It could be attributable to a condition with either the spine itself (primarily, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it can be due to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine leads to compaction or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can contribute to headache pain.

How do you tell if the headache you are experiencing is a cervicogenic headache? Besides getting a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a frequent 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

Because cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever problem is inducing them is remedied, it is crucial to receive treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that can provide a considerable amount of relief.

In one study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts looked at 80 people who had recurring cervicogenic headaches. One-half received chiropractic care and the other fifty percent engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was evaluated 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was discovered that chiropractic provided the most beneficial outcomes.

Specifically, this study uncovered that chiropractic adjustments gave patients better pain relief and decreased the frequency of headaches that occurred. What's more, it also reduced the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Holland can do for you and your headaches, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!

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/