Bridgeville, PA Chiropractic Effective for Cervicogenic Headache
We see a large number of people with headaches in our Bridgeville, PA office, and Dr. Kohler has been able to support many of them. Of course, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that half of all adults struggle with some kind of headache problem, so this really isn’t surprising. One of the most typical varieties of headaches that our patients are afflicted with is cervicogenic headache which, thankfully, chiropractic can generally help.
What is a Cervicogenic Headache?
A cervicogenic headache is one that stems from issues in the cervical spine. It can be caused by a condition with either the spine itself (in particular, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it can be attributed to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine brings about compression or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can bring about headache pain.
How do you find out if the headache you are going through is a cervicogenic headache? Other than receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a common symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is sometimes associated with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
Headache Relief with Chiropractic
Because cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever problem is initiating them is remedied, it is essential to receive treatment instead of just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that provides a considerable amount of headache pain relief.
In one study circulated in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers studied 80 people who had frequent cervicogenic headaches. Half of them were given chiropractic care and the other fifty percent underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was found that chiropractic provided the optimum outcomes.
In particular, this study noted that chiropractic adjustments provided patients better pain relief and reduced the number of headaches that occurred. In addition, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Kohler can do for you and your headache pain, call us 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/