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Preventing Headaches With Chiropractic Care

Do you, or someone you know, suffer from chronic headaches?  There are many classifications of headaches – understanding which type affects you is the key to successful management.  Literature suggests that the most common type, by far (~90%), is classified as “tension” or “tension-type.”   In physical medicine or manual therapy circles, this kind of head and neck pain is commonly referred to as a “cervicogenic” headache.  As the suggests, the source of this pain is located in the cervical spine (otherwise known as the neck) – commonly in the sub-occipital region at the base of the skull.  Pain results due to one of several mechanisms:

1. Mechanical pressure/irritation of the nerves that exit the suboccipital area and supply the scalp with sensation.

2. Referred pain from the structures in the neck – muscles, joints and other soft-tissues.

3. Pain that results directly from the structures in the neck as a result of poor posture, overuse, postural strain and other organic mechanical causes.

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective approach to managing this exceptionally common problem.  A combination of joint mobilization & manipulation and soft-tissue therapy (muscles, fascia, etc) can quickly resolve symptoms and improve the #movement and function of the neck.  Postural and ergonomic recommendations can also help to alleviate the environmental cause of the problem.