We see a lot of men and women with headaches in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office, and Dr. Joseph Hakimi has been able to help many of them. For that matter, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that half of all adults have difficulties with some kind of headache disorder, so this actually isn’t unexpected. One of the most typical types of headaches which our patients struggle with is cervicogenic headache which, fortunately, chiropractic can usually help.
Cervicogenic Headaches Defined
A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from an issue in the cervical spine. It might be caused by a condition with either the spine itself (particularly, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be due to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine produces squeezing or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can bring on headache pain.
How can you determine if the headache you are enduring is a cervicogenic headache? Besides receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a typical 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.
How Chiropractic Helps with Cervicogenic Headaches
Considering cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever issue is causing them is corrected, it is critical to get treatment instead of just trying to “wait it out.” Chiropractic care is an effective approach, and one that offers a great deal of relief.
In one study released in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists evaluated 80 people who had repeated cervicogenic headaches. One-half got 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 offered the best effects.
Specifically, this study revealed that chiropractic adjustments offered patients enhanced pain relief and reduced the frequency of headaches that occurred. Furthermore, it also mitigated the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Joseph Hakimi can do for you and your headaches, call our office 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/