Nine out of ten people suffer from headaches at some point in a calendar year. Migraine related pain is the primary complaint in 10% of chiropractic patients. Whilst it is easy to say “a headache is a headache”, it is important to understand the source of the pain, so it can be treated.
The International Headache Society (IHS), lists three common classes of headache as:
- Common Migraine Headaches
- Tension Headaches
- Cervicogenic Headaches
Many headache experts believe that the tissues and muscles in the neck are the source of the pain– the theory being that a neck muscle is irritated, the muscle spasms, and the pain is referred to the head. This is what is known as cervicogenic migraine, from the cervical portion of the spine – the neck.
The source of the neck tension can come from one of a number of sources, but all essentially relates to abnormalities in the joints or ligaments located in the cervical intervertebral segments.
Treatment of such headaches can be a challenge . Most sources believe that pharmaceutical treatment alone does not provide relief, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association stating: “Medications alone are often ineffective or provide only modest benefit for this condition.” It is through a multifaceted approach that the best results are achieved.
Chiropractic treatment methods have been proven to be successful in treatment of this affliction.
Gentle Manipulation methods employed by chiropractic practitioners are aimed at increasing blood flow, promoting correct posture and aiding spinal function, all of which have been proven to reduce cervicogenic headaches(as well as aiding in both tension and common migraine headaches).
The chiropractors at Spine and Health are experts at treating headaches, and have great results in relieving pain in Headache sufferers.
If you suffer from headaches or migraines please take the first step towards recovery and visit one of our chiropractors at Spine And Health Crows Nest, Gladesville, Mosman or North Sydney.
 The Chiropractic Report, September 2010 Vol. 24 No. 5, Accessed from: http://www.chiro.org/LINKS/ABSTRACTS/Cervicogenic_Headache_Revisited.shtml
2.Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Chiropractic Treatment of Adults With Headache, Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, accessed at http://www.chiro.org/LINKS/ABSTRACTS/Evidence-Based_Guidelines_For.shtml