We see a large number of folks with headaches in our Fairmount Heights office, and Dr. Naenifard has been able to support many of them. Of course, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50% of all adults have a problem with some manner of headache problem, so this really isn’t shocking. One of the most frequent types of headaches that our patients are afflicted with is cervicogenic headache which, happily, chiropractic can often help.
Cervicogenic Headaches Explained
A cervicogenic headache is one that arises from problems in the cervical spine. It could be a result of a condition with either the spine itself (in particular, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it can be because of a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine leads to compression or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can bring about headache pain.
How can you tell if the headache you are being affected by is a cervicogenic headache? Aside from being given a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, a frequent symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is sometimes accompanied by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
Headache Relief with Chiropractic
Because cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever problem is triggering them is remedied, it is crucial to receive treatment rather than just trying to “wait it out.” Chiropractic care is an effective solution, and one that provides a great deal of pain relief.
In one study circulated in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers followed 80 people who had repeated cervicogenic headaches. One-half were given chiropractic care and the other 50% underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was evaluated 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic provided the most beneficial effects.
In particular, this study revealed that chiropractic adjustments offered patients greater pain relief and reduced the number of headaches that occurred. Moreover, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Naenifard can do for you and your headaches, 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/