A cervicogenic headache is the result of referred pain, or an issue in one part of the body causing pain elsewhere. The cervical spine (neck) is a delicate instrument, and even minor problems with alignment are liable to cause chronic pain conditions. You can take over-the-counter or prescription drugs to combat these headaches, but this only temporarily covers up the pain.
Treating the occasional headache is one thing. Treating chronic cervicogenic headaches is another. Because pain is referred, treating the headache itself can often be futile. To truly resolve these head pains, it’s important to find the root catalyst. Often, this involves work on the spine, affecting the central nervous system.
Chiropractic offers long-term treatment plans to address the root cause of cervicogenic headaches. The experienced team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA uses Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to accurately diagnose misalignments in the cervical spine and other areas of concern. Through a CBP adjustment schedule, it’s possible to treat your chronic head pain and reduce your symptoms without relying on OTC medications.
Diagnosing and treating cervicogenic headaches
Frequently, cervicogenic headaches are misdiagnosed in cases involving neck pain. These headaches specifically refer to a disorder in the cervical spine or its surrounding tissues and muscles. Sometimes these headaches are misdiagnosed as migraines or tension headaches.
The problems with a misdiagnosis in this case, is that treatment recommendations could be invalid. For example, tension headaches may be helped with stress-relieving massage or myofascial release, while a cervicogenic headache may require cervical alignment, traction, or mirror-image adjustments.
There are numerous pain-sensitive regions in the neck and the back of the head that may cause cervicogenic headaches. Thankfully, there are many qualifiers that may be associated with them, including:
- Limited range of motion;
- A build-up of pain behind or around the eyes;
- Neck pain;
- Extra-sensitive points around the neck and upper back.
Chiropractic insight on cervicogenic headaches
Subluxations in the cervical spine are most often linked to cervicogenic headaches. This makes chiropractors uniquely suited in diagnosing, assessing, and treating this condition.
As a spinal expert, a chiropractor will be able to pinpoint the problem to specific vertebrae. Through radiological imaging, palpitation, and analysis of symptoms, a chiropractor can trace where the pain originates from and what catalysts may be manifesting as headaches.
Chiropractic also offers the individualized treatment needed to provide targeted relief for cervicogenic headaches. Spinal manipulation intended to release pressure on compressed nerves is frequently used, and must be precisely attuned to the individual in order to manifest as results. This may also be combined with complementary treatments such as trigger point therapy targeting specific pain points and an exercise regimen to strengthen key muscle groups.
Ultimately, once diagnosed, cervicogenic headaches require the tailored oversight of a CBP adjustment schedule. Understanding how each dynamic adjustment affects an individual’s spine is key in reaching an alignment that alleviates cervicogenic headaches.
Don’t live with head pain
If you’re a sufferer of frequent headaches, chiropractic may be right for you – whether they’re cervicogenic in nature or just the product of tension. The friendly, professional team at Stability Health Center strives to support patients throughout the Seattle, WA area by tailoring Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) data around adjustments that alleviate your unique head pain.
Contact us today to learn more about our methodology and to get a free consultation regarding your chronic headaches.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.