Anchorage, AK Chiropractic Effective for Cervicogenic Headache
We see a lot of folks with headaches in our Anchorage, AK office, and Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray has been able to aid many of them. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 50% of all adults deal with some kind of headache disorder, so this really isn’t unexpected. One of the most prevalent varieties of headaches which our patients experience is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can usually help.
Cervicogenic Headaches Defined
A cervicogenic headache is one that stems from a problem in the cervical spine. It could be as a result of a problem with either the spine itself (particularly, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it can be caused by a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine can cause constriction or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can generate headache pain.
How can you distinguish if the headache you are suffering from is a cervicogenic headache? Aside from obtaining a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a common symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is sometimes accompanied by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
How Chiropractic Helps with Cervicogenic Headaches
Seeing that cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever issue is inducing them is corrected, it is important to get treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that provides a great deal of pain relief.
In one study circulated in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers looked at 80 people who had recurring cervicogenic headaches. One-half received chiropractic care and the other half engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was discovered that chiropractic delivered the optimum effects.
Specifically, this study found that chiropractic adjustments gave patients greater pain relief and reduced the number of headaches that occurred. In addition to that, it also reduced the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray can do for you and your headache pain, 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/