One of the most common types of headaches is called a Cervicogenic headache. If you know how to handle them, it is not hard to treat and prevent these types of headaches.
There are over 17 different types of headaches. Chiropractic has been shown to be very effective for the relief of certain types of headaches. One, in particular, is called a Cervicogenic Headache. In the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Cervicogenic Headaches are defined as a syndrome characterized by chronic hemicranial pain (pain on one side of the head) that is referred to the head from either bony structures or soft tissues of the neck. In addition, the Journal notes that medications alone are often ineffective or provide only modest benefit for this condition. (JAOA, April 2005)
People with cervicogenic headaches often complain of dull achy (nagging) pain on one side of the head or pain in the back of the head (especially at the base of the skull). Less common, these people may also experience pain in the temples and/or behind the eyes.
In a study published in the Spine Journal, researchers found that spinal manipulation was not only effective at treating Cervicogenic Headaches for the short-term, but continued to be effective 1 year after treatment. Additional studies have also shown that treating the cause of the headaches (ie. the neck) with spinal manipulation is an effective therapy for the resolution of Cervicogenic Headaches.
As a chiropractor, I have had the opportunity to help hundreds of people suffering with Cervicogenic Headaches. Often times, seeking my care after medications and other treatments had failed. Although chiropractic care has been proven to be a safe and effective way of treating these types of headaches, many of these cases could have been avoided in the first place.
How to prevent a headache: 7 ways to avoid Cervicogenic Headaches
Make sure your computer/workstation is set up ergonomically correct
Sleep with only one pillow (that is sized correctly for you)
When talking on the phone, don’t hold it against your ear with your shoulder
Don’t lie or sleep on the couch (especially while watching TV)
Don’t read or watch TV in bed
Use a neck roll with heat when relaxing
Implementing these tips and strategies, maintaining proper posture, and strengthening the muscles of the neck and upper back, are all easy ways to help to prevent Cervicogenic Headaches from occurring.
We have over 14 FREE exercise programs to support the neck and back on the EXERCISE PAGE of our website.
If you are having persistent or severe headaches, always consult your chiropractor or medical doctor.
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