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Not now…I have a Headache!

Posted Feb 03 2011 7:09am

Whether it was said directly to you – or you heard it in a joke… we’ve all heard: “Not now… I have a headache.” Sadly, headaches are common for many people. Not only can they make your life miserable, but they negatively affect your family and your friends who care about you. That’s why this new information is so important.
A new study published in the November-December 2010 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) shows “a relationship between cervical movement impairment and the presence and severity of CGH.” “CGH” is cervicogenic headache… which is a headache caused by your neck.

This headache study is important because the study evaluated 92 subjects by putting them through a simple neck motion test. They found that range of motion (how much your neck moves) was significantly reduced in the presence of a headache. Basically, they found that subjects with headaches originating from the neck also had decreased motion in the neck. And, the more the neck motion was decreased – the worse the headache.
A classic symptom of cervicogenic headache is pain that originates at the base of your head in the back and travels up your head possibly to the front and even to the eyes. This same type of pain may also start at the base of your neck and/or upper shoulders and travel into the head. But, headache diagnosis can be sneaky and some causes are very serious. That’s why they should be evaluated by a trained healthcare provider.
But which trained healthcare provider should you go to. The medical field is an option, but their treatment of choice will be medication. The pill may work nicely to make the headache go away but it doesn’t address the cause of the headache which is the abnormal motion in the neck. Physical therapy can help to relax the muscles which will help with some motion but again, why are the muscles so tight? Why is the motion in the neck not normal? This is important to know.

It’s important to you, because if you suffer with headaches, there may be a simple solution and that is good Chiropractic care. Chiropractic care addresses the motion of your spine. Chiropractors are experts at assessing the range of motion of your neck, and if there is a problem, treatments are specifically designed to attempt to normalize that range of motion. In other words, if you have a cervicogenic headache that is caused by dysfunction and decreased range of motion in your neck, Chiropractic care may be able to help you.

The best way to know is to go to a Chiropractor and have a cervicogenic headache evaluation. Chiropractors are trained to diagnosis different types of headaches and give you the best advice for your type of headache.  Our office specializes in headaches and are very successful in treating them.  Visit our website for more information at

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