Neck Pain, Headaches & Migraines
Do you suffer from neck pain, headaches, or migraines? Many people do and live with them their whole life, the good news is, you shouldn't have to. Here at 14th Street Chiropractic we have treated hundreds if not thousands of people suffering from these same conditions with great results, and here's how...
We must first start with a better understanding as to why many people suffer from such debilitating conditions. The most common of them all is called a cervicogenic headache. According to the American Migraine Foundation a cervicogenic headache, in a way, is one of the most unusual headache disorders because the pain truly isn’t in the head. Cervicogenic headache is referred pain (pain perceived as occurring in a part of the body other than its true source) perceived in the head from a source in the neck. Cervicogenic headache is a secondary headache, which means that it is caused by another illness or physical issue. In the case of cervicogenic headache, the cause is a neck disorder or lesion.
Most often in practice, we come across cervicogenic headaches that either start near the top of the shoulder blade or the base of the skull and they radiate around the side of the head to behind the eye. These most often will be caused from stress, sleeping improperly, working at a computer with improper ergonomics, postural issues, or from certain traumatic events like whiplash due to a car accident. We work with these types of neck pain and headaches all day long and have achieved great results from our patients in the resolutions of their problems.
Where we set ourselves apart is that we continue to prescribe exercises and ergonomic trainings through your care to help not only treat these conditions but also prevent them from reoccurring. The quicker we can get you healthy and empower you with tools to better treat yourself, the better off we all are. We do not want to see you for three times a week for the rest of your life.
Another very common condition we work with on a daily basis are migraines. These can be blinding, nauseating, and make your life a living hell, just ask a chronic migraine sufferer. There is still a lot of debate in the medical community as to the cause of migraines as there are many different types, but one thing we understand is that chiropractic can help.
Most migraine sufferers will likely suffer from an imbalance or misalignment in the upper neck region. These misalignment's will continue to impinge on the nerves and vasculature of the upper neck and its surrounding areas creating an imbalance and once these areas are corrected and stabilized the results speak for themselves.
Common Types of headaches:
Migraine headaches tend to be vascular in nature resulting in nausea and visual disturbances.
Cervicogenic headaches tend to be related to a structural misalignment which causes referred pain up into the skull and behind the eye.
Tension headaches are a result of muscular imbalance typically brought on by stress and improper bio mechanics.
A chiropractic adjustment works to restore nervous system function allowing for improved balance of the surrounding tissue. This means less tension on vessels, joints and muscles resulting in a decrease in headache symptoms treated at its root cause.