Posted on 12-29-2016
Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. Cervicalgia headaches may be caused by the compression of nerves or blood vessels which innervate or supply the head and neck. When a person’s head aches and neck pain is present there may have been an acute muscle strain or muscle tension causing inflammation, or cramping and subsequent cervical spinal nerve compression or ischemia if one or more blood vessels are also obstructed.
A Misaligned Vertebra can pressure a blood vessel in your neck. Or it can irritate a spinal nerve, which may send “warning” signals to the Autonomic Nerves. If a blood vessel is pressured, that may reduce blood flow into the head. If a spinal nerve is irritated the autonomic nerves may tell the blood vessels to narrow also reducing blood flow. (painneck.com)
“Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.”
McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001), Duke Evidence Report
“The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. . . Four weeks after cessation of treatment . . . the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values.” ‘
Boline et al. (1995), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Your Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) can:
· Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
· Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways beyond just treatment for low-back pain. They know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and they can take steps to relieve those problems. (ACA.com)
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