We see a considerable number of people with headaches in our Henderson office, and Dr. Russell has been able to provide relief for many of them. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that 50 percent of all adults deal with some type of headache problems, so this actually isn’t unexpected. One of the most prevalent kinds of headaches that our patients are afflicted with is cervicogenic headache which, happily, chiropractic can commonly help.
A cervicogenic headache is one that stems from issues in the cervical spine. It can easily be as a result of an issue with either the spine itself (specifically, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be attributed to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine creates compaction or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can result in headache pain.
How can you identify if the headache you are enduring is a cervicogenic headache? Apart from being given a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is sometimes accompanied by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
Considering cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever issue is triggering them is corrected, it is crucial to get treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent approach, and one that offers a great deal of headache pain relief.
In one study reported in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts followed 80 people who had recurring cervicogenic headaches. One-half received chiropractic care and the other fifty percent engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic delivered the best outcomes.
Specifically, this study found that chiropractic adjustments gave patients more pain relief and diminished the frequency of headaches that occurred. In addition, it also minimized the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Russell can do for you and your headaches, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you need!