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We see a large number of individuals with headaches in our North St. Louis, MO office, and Dr. Holland has been able to aid many of them. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 50 percent of all adults deal with some type of headache disorder, so this really isn’t surprising. One of the most common kinds of headaches which our patients have problems with is cervicogenic headache which, luckily for us, chiropractic can generally help.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from problems in the cervical spine. It can be because of an issue with either the spine itself (particularly, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be attributed to 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 contribute to headache pain.

How do you distinguish if the headache you are struggling with is a cervicogenic headache? Besides being given a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is occasionally associated 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 critical to get treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective solution, and one that can provide a considerable amount of relief.

In one study circulated in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts followed 80 people who had recurring cervicogenic headaches. Fifty percent got chiropractic care and the other fifty percent underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was found that chiropractic provided the best effects.

In particular, this study uncovered that chiropractic adjustments offered patients greater pain relief and lessened the frequency of headaches that occurred. Additionally, it also diminished 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/