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Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota Chiropractic and Cervicogenic Headache

We see a considerable number of men and women with headaches in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office, and Robert C Slater, DC has been able to aid many of them. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that one half of all adults have difficulty with some kind of headache problem, so this certainly isn’t shocking. One of the most common kinds of headaches that our patients are afflicted by is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can generally help.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from issues in the cervical spine. It could be thanks to a problem with either the spine itself (in particular, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be due to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine brings about compaction or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can give you headache pain.

How do you find out 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 pain in your neck. This is sometimes associated with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

Chiropractic to the Rescue

Considering cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever issue is inducing them is remedied, it is essential to get treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective solution, and one that can provide a considerable amount of headache pain relief.

In one study released in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists followed 80 people who had repeated cervicogenic headaches. Half got chiropractic care and the other 50% underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic provided the optimum results.

Specifically, this study revealed that chiropractic adjustments offered patients enhanced pain relief and reduced the frequency of headaches that occurred. What's more, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Robert C Slater, DC can do for you and your headaches, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you need!

References

  • 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/
March 04, 2019
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