San Angelo Chiropractic Effective for Cervicogenic Headache

San Angelo Chiropractic Effective for Cervicogenic Headache

We see a great number of individuals with headaches in our San Angelo office, and Dr. Pittman has been able to aid many of them. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that 50 percent of all adults have a problem with some sort of headache problem, so this certainly isn’t surprising. One of the most typical kinds of headaches which our patients are afflicted with is cervicogenic headache which, happily, chiropractic can generally help.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that starts from an issue in the cervical spine. It might be thanks to a condition with either the spine itself (primarily, 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 contributes to compaction or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can bring about headache pain.

How do you identify if the headache you are being affected by 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 sometimes associated with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

How Chiropractic Helps

Seeing that cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever problem is inducing them is corrected, it is crucial to receive treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that provides a considerable amount of headache pain relief.

In one study released in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers followed 80 people who had recurrent cervicogenic headaches. One-half were given 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 discovered that chiropractic offered the optimum effects.

Specifically, this study noted that chiropractic adjustments gave patients greater pain relief and decreased the number of headaches that occurred. Moreover, it also minimized the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Pittman can do for you and your headaches, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!

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/
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  1. Dr. Pittman has been practicing in San Angelo since 2003 and has been privileged to have the opportunity to help over 2500 new patients from all over our area during that time.