Bay Shore Chiropractic and Cervicogenic Headache

We see a large number of individuals with headaches in our Bay Shore office, and Dr. Craig Selzer has been able to assist many of them. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that half of all adults have difficulties with some type of headache condition, so this really isn’t surprising. One of the most frequent kinds of headaches which our patients deal with is cervicogenic headache which, luckily for us, chiropractic can usually help.

Cervicogenic Headaches Explained

A cervicogenic headache is one that originates from problems in the cervical spine. It could be generated by a condition with either the spine itself (primarily, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it can be because of a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine leads to constriction or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can bring on headache pain.

How do you tell if the headache you are being affected by is a cervicogenic headache? Aside from receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a frequent symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is occasionally associated with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

How Chiropractic Helps

Since cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever issue is causing them is remedied, it is vital to get treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that offers a great deal of relief.

In one study circulated in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers studied 80 people who had regular cervicogenic headaches. Half received chiropractic care and the other half underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was discovered that chiropractic provided the optimum outcomes.

Specifically, this study found that chiropractic adjustments provided patients more pain relief and lessened the number of headaches that occurred. Furthermore, it also reduced the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Craig Selzer can do for you and your headaches, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!

References

  • Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18(9).
  • World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
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    Dr. Craig Selzer is a chiropractor in Bay Shore, New York. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1994 and attended SUNY Stony Brook. He holds additional degrees in Bachelor of Science and Certified Active Release Techniques. All Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy care is a Family Practice dedicated to overall health through the body's innate ability to heal itself. Dr. Selzer is certified in Active Release Techniques and is always treating athletic injuries.