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We see a great number of individuals with headaches in our St. Louis, MO office, and Dr. Holland has been able to assist many of them. Actually, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that half of all adults have difficulties with some type of headache disorder, so this really isn’t surprising. One of the most frequent types of headaches that our patients are afflicted with is cervicogenic headache which, thankfully, chiropractic can usually help.

Cervicogenic Headaches Defined

A cervicogenic headache is one that stems from problems in the cervical spine. It can be caused by a condition with either the spine itself (particularly, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it can be brought on by a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine contributes to compression or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can bring about headache pain.

How can you find out if the headache you are experiencing is a cervicogenic headache? Aside from receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, a frequent symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is sometimes associated 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 triggering them is remedied, it is essential to get treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective approach, and one that offers a great deal of relief.

In one study released in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists followed 80 people who had regular cervicogenic headaches. Fifty percent were given chiropractic care and the other fifty percent engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic delivered the optimum results.

Specifically, this study noted that chiropractic adjustments gave patients greater pain relief and diminished the frequency of headaches that occurred. In addition, it also reduced 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 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/