Columbiana Chiropractic Beats Massage for Cervicogenic Headaches

We see a lot of people with headaches in our Columbiana office, and Dr. Vitko has been able to support many of them. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that one half of all adults deal with some type of headache condition, so this certainly isn’t unexpected. One of the most prevalent sorts of headaches that our patients experience is cervicogenic headache which, fortunately, chiropractic can usually help.

Cervicogenic Headaches Explained

A cervicogenic headache is one that stems from a problem in the cervical spine. It can be caused by a condition with either the spine itself (primarily, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it can be a result of a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine produces compression or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can generate headache pain.

How can you tell if the headache you are being affected by is a cervicogenic headache? Besides 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.

How Chiropractic Helps with Cervicogenic Headaches

Since cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever issue is triggering them is corrected, it is essential to get treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective solution, and one that offers a great deal of pain relief.

In one study printed in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists followed 80 people who had recurring cervicogenic headaches. Half received chiropractic care and the other half underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was discovered that chiropractic provided the most beneficial results.

Specifically, this study noted that chiropractic adjustments gave patients better pain relief and lessened the frequency of headaches that occurred. In addition, it also mitigated the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Vitko 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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