Tension, cervicogenic, migraine headaches

Headaches are one of the most common complaints from which people suffer on a daily basis. There is a wide variety of headaches with cervicogenic headaches, tension headaches and migraine headaches being the most common. Although headaches may seem like a minor health problem, it can be debilitating and downright irritating.

Cervicogenic headache:

A type of headache that originates from the neck, may radiate to the forehead, temples and eyes. The pain is triggered and/or aggravated by specific neck movements or poor posture.

Tension headache:

Commonly described by many as “a tight band of pain around my head like a head band”. The intensity of pain is usually mild to moderate, even on both sides, not aggravated by physical activity and not associated with nausea/vomiting.

Migraine headache:

Often time, migraine headaches are disabling. Pain is usually moderate to severe, throbbing in nature, occurring on one side of the head (forehead, temple and around the eye). It is often accompanied with nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise.

 

Chiropractic Care and Headache:

Majority of these headaches are caused by prior neck trauma, cervical joint dysfunction, sustained neck postures (eg: sitting in front of a computer) or repetitive neck and shoulder motions. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.

Chiropractic care involves reducing joint irritation and muscle tension, and alleviating the stress in your system through chiropractic adjustments. It is an effective approach as compared to over the counter medication which only mask the pain without addressing the root of the problem.

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