Aloha / Beaverton, OR Chiropractic and Cervicogenic Headache

We see a great number of people with headaches in our Aloha / Beaverton, OR office, and First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC has been able to assist many of them. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that 50 percent of all adults struggle with some manner of headache problems, so this certainly isn’t shocking. One of the most typical kinds of headaches which our patients suffer from is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can generally help.

Cervicogenic Headaches Defined

A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from problems in the cervical spine. It could be because of a problem with either the spine itself (in particular, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it could be brought on by a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine can cause compaction or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can bring about headache pain.

How do you recognize if the headache you are being affected by is a cervicogenic headache? Aside from being given a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a frequent symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is occasionally coupled with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

Chiropractic to the Rescue

Since cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever problem is inducing them is remedied, it is important to receive treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective approach, and one that can provide a great deal of headache pain relief.

In one study printed in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers looked at 80 people who had frequent cervicogenic headaches. Half received chiropractic care and the other half underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was evaluated 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic offered the most beneficial results.

Specifically, this study found that chiropractic adjustments offered patients enhanced pain relief and decreased the number of headaches that occurred. Moreover, it also minimized the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC can do for you and your headaches, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you need!

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/
January 21, 2019
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