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Downtown St. Louis, MO Chiropractic Beats Massage for Cervicogenic Headaches

We see a considerable number of men and women with headaches in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office, and Dr. Holland has been able to provide relief for many of them. For that matter, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that 50 percent of all adults deal with some type of headache disorder, so this certainly isn’t surprising. One of the most typical sorts of headaches that our patients experience is cervicogenic headache which, luckily for us, chiropractic can usually help.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that originates from problems in the cervical spine. It can be as a result of a condition with either the spine itself (specifically, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it might be caused by a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine leads to squeezing or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can bring about headache pain.

How do you find out if the headache you are being affected by is a cervicogenic headache? Other than obtaining a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is sometimes coupled with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

How Chiropractic Helps with Cervicogenic Headaches

Since cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever problem is generating them is corrected, it is essential to receive treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective approach, and one that can provide a great deal of pain relief.

In one study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts looked at 80 people who had recurrent cervicogenic headaches. Half of them received chiropractic care and the other fifty percent engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was discovered that chiropractic provided the best effects.

In particular, this study noted that chiropractic adjustments provided patients better pain relief and diminished the frequency of headaches that occurred. Furthermore, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Holland can do for you and your headache pain, call our office 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/