We see a considerable number of men and women with headaches in our Anderson Township office, and Dr. Nuesse has been able to assist many of them. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 50% of all adults have difficulties with some manner of headache disorder, so this actually isn’t surprising. One of the most typical types of headaches which our patients suffer from is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can commonly help.
What is a Cervicogenic Headache?
A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from a problem in the cervical spine. It might be caused by a condition with either the spine itself (in particular, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it could be because of a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine can cause compaction or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can give you headache pain.
How do you tell if the headache you are being affected by is a cervicogenic headache? Other than obtaining a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a common symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is occasionally followed by 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 generating 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 provides a considerable amount of relief.
In one study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists evaluated 80 people who had recurrent cervicogenic headaches. One-half were given chiropractic care and the other half engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was discovered that chiropractic delivered the most beneficial results.
In particular, this study noted that chiropractic adjustments offered patients greater pain relief and reduced the number of headaches that occurred. What's more, it also lessened the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Nuesse can do for you and your headache pain, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!
- 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/