Headaches affect just about everyone at some point and they can present themselves in many different ways. More than 10 million people in the UK get headaches.
There are different types of headaches with different symptoms:
Cervicogenic headaches, are the most common type of headache, sometimes called tension headaches.
Cervicogenic basically means originating from the neck. It is estimated that upwards of 75% of all headaches are cervicogenic in nature.
Most people describe it as a constant dull, achy feeling either on one side or both sides of the head, often described as a feeling of a tight band or dull ache around the head or behind the eyes.
Tension in the muscles supporting the neck, tends to build slowly during the day. Often as a result of stress or bad posture. This increase in tension causes the symptoms of a headache to slowly build.
Cluster headaches usually doesn’t last long and usually felt on one side of the head behind the eyes.
The last type is Migraine headaches which are intense and throbbing in nature and are often accompanied with pounding headache, nausea, vomiting and light sensitivity.
However, in most cases of cervicogenic headaches, significant improvement is accomplished through manipulation of the upper two cervical vertebrae, coupled with adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine. This is also helpful in most cases of migraine headaches, as long as food and lifestyle triggers are avoided as well.
Numerous research studies have shown that Chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck.
Each individual's case is different and requires a thorough evaluation before a course of Chiropractic care can be recommended.
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