Cervicogenic Headaches- A form of Tension Headaches

April 27th, 2009

Your head feels like it’s being squeezed in a vice. Every muscle in your neck and shoulders is in knots. And you have a full day ahead of you yet.

There’s no disputing that tension headaches are miserable. The good news, however, is that chiropractic can help!

Cervicogenic headache is an extremely common form of “tension” headache, associated with muscle tension or alignment problems in the neck or shoulders. In March of this year, a multidisciplinary panel of 19 experts was convened by Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, N.C. The experts concluded that chiropractic adjustment (spinal manipulation) is a highly-effective solution to cervicogenic headache.

The new report reviewed over 2,500 studies on headache treatments. According to the study’s authors, “Manipulation appeared to result in immediate improvement in headache severity when used to treat episodes of cervicogenic headache when compared with an attention-placebo control. Furthermore, when compared to soft-tissue therapies (massage), a course of manipulation treatments resulted in sustained improvement in headache frequency and severity.”