We see a lot of individuals with headaches in our Tulsa office, and Dr. Bogan has been able to help many of them. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that half of all adults deal with some sort of headache problem, so this certainly isn’t shocking. One of the most common types of headaches which our patients have problems with is cervicogenic headache which, happily, chiropractic can usually help.
What is a Cervicogenic Headache?
A cervicogenic headache is one that arises from problems in the cervical spine. It might be generated by a condition with either the spine itself (in particular, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it might be brought on by a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine can cause compaction or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can generate headache pain.
How can you recognize if the headache you are enduring is a cervicogenic headache? Aside from being given a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a common symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is sometimes followed by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
Chiropractic to the Rescue
Since cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever problem is triggering them is corrected, it is essential to get treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent approach, and one that provides a great deal of pain relief.
In one study circulated in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers evaluated 80 people who had repeated cervicogenic headaches. Half received chiropractic care and the other fifty percent underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was discovered that chiropractic provided the best outcomes.
In particular, this study revealed that chiropractic adjustments offered patients more significant pain relief and reduced the number of headaches that occurred. Furthermore, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Bogan can do for you and your headache pain, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!