Most of us have suffered headaches during our life. In fact they are very common, with some people accepting them as a regular part of their life. Headaches however happen for a reason and for many people chiropractic treatment can be a very effective way of treating them. One of the most common types of headache that Chiropractors regularly treat see is called cervicogenic headache.
A cervicogenic headache can be caused by a dysfunction in the neck. This can range from abnormal movement between the vertebrae (bones) of the neck, to muscle tightness, disc complaints or ligamentous injury. The pain that is generated in the neck can refer to any part of the head including the eyes, ears, forehead, crown temporal or suboccipital region (base of the skull).
While cervicogenic headaches are seemingly more common in females they do affect both sexes and all ages.
Chiropractic care is very effective in treating cervicogenic headaches because it restores normal biomechanics (movement) in the neck as well as addressing any muscular, disc or ligament injury. Chiropractic treatment can involve a combination of gentle manipulation or mobilization, therapy administered to the muscles and ligaments, prescription of stretches or exercises, postural advice and when indicated the application of heat or ice.
While chiropractic is very effective for the treatment of cervicogenic headaches it is also helpful in treatment of many other forms of headaches such as migraines.
While most headaches are benign in nature, there are certain warning signs that should not be ignored and should result in a patient seeking medical attention. These include