Chiropractic care is effective when it comes to relieving pain from cervicogenic headaches. This has been shown in a study conducted by researchers from the Western States Chiropractic College in Oregon, in which they found out that participants suffering from this type of headache found more benefit from 8-16 sessions of spinal manipulation treatment than those who just had light massages.
What is a Cervicogenic Headache?
According to experts, this type of headaches is very common, and it’s usually chronic. Chiropractors and osteopathic doctors use this term to show that the cause of the headache lies in the neck. The problem there is felt in the head, hence it’s called a referred pain because the pain manifests away from the site of trouble.
Most people who suffer from cervicogenic headaches are engaged in occupations that require awkward neck or head movements, or the holding of certain positions for a long time. (A house painter, for example, is highly at risk.) Someone who suffers from this kind of headache will complain of a severe pain in the back of the head or at the base of the skull which sometimes travels to the temple, the forehead, or even to the ears or near the eyes.
If the patient continues to work, the pain will worsen. Experts recognize cervicogenic headaches because the pain is typically one-sided and limited to the neck and the back of one’s head. The neck will be stiff and the patient will have difficulty moving it, and there will also be some stiffness in the shoulder on the same side of the pain, sometimes radiating down the arm.
How are Cervicogenic Headaches Treated?
There have been many theories as to how cervicogenic headaches can be treated. Aside from medications, some doctors advocate drinking a lot of water, exercising regularly, using the correct postures, limiting the cause of stress or pressure, and lifestyle changes.
Recent studies, however, have shown the efficacy of chiropractic care, which includes as one technique, among others, spinal manipulation treatment and stretching. Chiropractors adjust any misalignment in the spine that may have caused the biomechanical problems in the neck, which, in turn, produced the cervicogenic headaches.
Chronic pain, especially headaches, can definitely affect your lifestyle if left untreated. With medications alone, you will be put at risk of many things—from addiction to adverse side effects. By using regular chiropractic treatments, you need not worry anymore about the disruption that cervicogenic headaches can cause in your daily routine.