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.