Johnstown Chiropractic Effective for Cervicogenic Headache

We see a lot of folks with headaches in our Johnstown office, and Dr. Hall has been able to provide relief for many of them. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that half of all adults have a problem with some manner of headache problems, so this really isn’t a surprise. One of the most prevalent sorts of headaches which our patients are afflicted with is cervicogenic headache which, fortunately, chiropractic can commonly help.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that starts from issues in the cervical spine. It might be caused by an issue with either the spine itself (specifically, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be brought on by a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine leads to constriction or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can contribute to headache pain.

How do you distinguish if the headache you are experiencing is a cervicogenic headache? Aside from getting a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a frequent 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.

Headache Relief with Chiropractic

Seeing that cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever issue is triggering them is corrected, it is essential to get treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective solution, and one that offers a great deal of relief.

In one study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers evaluated 80 people who had frequent cervicogenic headaches. Fifty percent received chiropractic care and the other 50% underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was discovered that chiropractic offered the most beneficial results.

In particular, this study uncovered that chiropractic adjustments gave patients better pain relief and lessened the number of headaches that occurred. Furthermore, it also lessened the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Hall can do for you and your headaches, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!

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/
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