We see a considerable number of people with headaches in our Depew office, and Dr. Palmer has been able to help many of them. Of course, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that half of all adults deal with some sort of headache problem, so this certainly isn’t surprising. One of the most typical types of headaches which our patients struggle with is cervicogenic headache which, happily, chiropractic can often help.
What is a Cervicogenic Headache?
A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from issues in the cervical spine. It can easily be as a result of a problem with either the spine itself (specifically, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it can be attributable to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine produces squeezing or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can result in headache pain.
How can you tell if the headache you are experiencing is a cervicogenic headache? Besides receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, a common symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is occasionally combined with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
Chiropractic to the Rescue
Considering cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever problem 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 can provide a considerable amount of headache pain relief.
In one study circulated in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts followed 80 people who had frequent cervicogenic headaches. Half of them were given 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 discovered that chiropractic provided the optimum effects.
Specifically, this study found that chiropractic adjustments gave patients more pain relief and lowered the number of headaches that occurred. In addition, it also mitigated the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Palmer 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!