We see a lot of individuals with headaches in our Redondo Beach office, and Dr. Kaden has been able to help many of them. For that matter, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 50 percent of all adults have difficulties with some kind of headache disorder, so this certainly isn’t shocking. One of the most prevalent types of headaches that our patients suffer from is cervicogenic headache which, happily, chiropractic can commonly help.
What is a Cervicogenic Headache?
A cervicogenic headache is one that stems from problems in the cervical spine. It can be generated by a problem with either the spine itself (specifically, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be due to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine results in squeezing or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can contribute to headache pain.
How do you find out if the headache you are going through is a cervicogenic headache? Apart from getting a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, a frequent symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is sometimes coupled with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
How Chiropractic Helps
Considering cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever problem is triggering them is corrected, it is important to get treatment rather than just trying to “wait it out.” Chiropractic care is an excellent approach, and one that can provide a considerable amount of headache pain relief.
In one study reported in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists looked at 80 people who had repeated cervicogenic headaches. Half received chiropractic care and the other fifty percent engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was discovered that chiropractic offered the optimum outcomes.
In particular, this study uncovered that chiropractic adjustments offered patients greater pain relief and lessened the frequency of headaches that occurred. Additionally, it also reduced the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Kaden can do for you and your headache pain, call us today. We’ll do our best to get you the pain relief you need!
- 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/