We see a great number of people with headaches in our Harrisburg office, and Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation has been able to provide relief for many of them. Actually, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 50 percent of all adults have difficulty with some sort of headache problems, so this actually isn’t surprising. One of the most common sorts of headaches which our patients deal with is cervicogenic headache which, luckily for us, chiropractic can often help.
Cervicogenic Headaches Explained
A cervicogenic headache is one that arises from an issue in the cervical spine. It could be because of an issue with either the spine itself (primarily, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it could be due to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine leads to compaction or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can generate headache pain.
How can you know if the headache you are experiencing is a cervicogenic headache? Besides receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a common symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is sometimes accompanied by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
How Chiropractic Helps with Cervicogenic Headaches
Because cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever issue is causing them is remedied, it is essential to receive treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that provides a great deal of relief.
In one study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers followed 80 people who had regular cervicogenic headaches. Half of them were given chiropractic care and the other half underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was found that chiropractic offered the best outcomes.
In particular, this study uncovered that chiropractic adjustments provided patients more pain relief and lowered the number of headaches that occurred. Additionally, it also reduced the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation can do for you and your headaches, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you need!