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What are Headaches?

Headaches affect almost half of the population. There are many different types of headaches-the most common include; migraine, sinus, and tension.

A significant percentage of all headaches arise from problems in the neck and are classified as "cervicogenic headache." The most common trigger for a cervicogenic headache is limited movement of joints in your upper cervical spine. Normally , each of the joints in your neck move freely and independently. Sometimes, restrictions in the upper cervical spine initiate a painful cycle of stiffness, muscle tightness and joint inflammation. This may cause irritation to the sensitive nerves leading from your neck into the back of your head.

Symptoms

Cervicogenic headaches are most commonly one-sided, but occasionally may be present on both sides of the head. Pain often radiates from the base of your skull toward the top of your head and sometimes over your eyes. Headache episodes may last from hours to days. The pain is continuous but fluctuating and is often described as "deep." You may also notice chronic neck tenderness and stiffness.

How We Can Help

Getting you back to normal as soon as possible is our number one goal. To do that, we will likely recommend one or more of the following:

Chiropractic Adjustment to improve flexibility and improve pain.

Myofascial Release to remove long-standing tightness

Therapeutic Exercises to strengthen weak muscles and help hold adjustments