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We see a great number of folks with headaches in our North St. Louis, MO office, and Dr. Holland has been able to aid many of them. Of course, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that half of all adults have difficulties with some type of headache problem, so this really isn’t shocking. One of the most common types of headaches that our patients have problems with is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can often help.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that originates from an issue in the cervical spine. It can easily be caused by a condition with either the spine itself (primarily, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be attributable to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine results in compression or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can contribute to headache pain.

How do you recognize if the headache you are experiencing is a cervicogenic headache? Other than being given a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is sometimes associated with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

Chiropractic to the Rescue

Since cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever issue is causing them is corrected, it is important to receive treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective approach, and one that provides a considerable amount of relief.

In one study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists looked at 80 people who had regular cervicogenic headaches. One-half received chiropractic care and the other fifty percent underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic delivered the best results.

In particular, this study revealed that chiropractic adjustments gave patients more pain relief and decreased the frequency of headaches that occurred. On top of that, it also lessened the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Holland 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/