If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Many of us suffer from headaches. Whilst some of us have the occasional mild headache, others can have very frequent episodes. The headache itself may be a dull ache or a throbbing, intense and debilitating pain.
Headaches that we can help with originate from problems in the neck and we refer to these as being cervicogenic (cervical spine related). You may have irritation of the joints and nerves in your neck or spasm and tightness of the muscles in your neck and upper back. You may have neck pain with the headache and your neck movements may be restricted or moving your neck in certain ways may make your pain worse. Your muscles may also be tender but especially so at the base of your skull and neck.
One of the causes of neck problems is thought to be poor posture. Sitting in one position for too long or sitting the wrong way can lead to the development of muscle and joint problems in your neck. Severe stress and wear & tear can also lead to problems in your neck.
Chiropractic is very successful in treating headaches. Research shows that spinal manipulation, the primary form of care provided by Doctors of Chiropractic, is effective for headaches including migraine prevention. Chiropractic helps by correcting mechanical problems to do with the muscles and joints in your neck. We also provide advice on posture, work posture, exercises, relaxation techniques and nutrition.