Hazleton, Conyngham Chiropractic Effective for Cervicogenic Headache
We see a great number of individuals with headaches in our Hazleton, Conyngham office, and Dr. Terrance Eyerly has been able to support many of them. Actually, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50 percent of all adults struggle with some type of headache problems, so this certainly isn’t unexpected. One of the most common varieties of headaches that our patients experience is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can often help.
What is a Cervicogenic Headache?
A cervicogenic headache is one that starts from a problem in the cervical spine. It can be a result of an issue with either the spine itself (specifically, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it might be triggered by a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine produces constriction or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can bring on headache pain.
How can you determine if the headache you are experiencing is a cervicogenic headache? Other than getting a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, 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
Since cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever issue is causing them is remedied, it is essential to get treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that can provide a great deal of relief.
In one study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts looked at 80 people who had repeated cervicogenic headaches. Fifty percent were given chiropractic care and the other half underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was evaluated 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was discovered that chiropractic provided the most beneficial outcomes.
In particular, this study noted that chiropractic adjustments provided patients better pain relief and lessened the frequency of headaches that occurred. What's more, it also lessened the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Terrance Eyerly 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/