Chronic headaches are often caused by mechanical problems in the neck. Unfortunately, this area is often overlooked in most treatment approaches and many people are left to rely on medication to control their symptoms. We’ll you don’t have headaches due to a deficiency of medication, there is an underlying cause and it can be corrected. Research shows that up to 70% of individuals with frequent intermittent headache report accompanying neck pain… which suggests a cervical/neck contribution to headache.(1,2) In the picture, you can see the very intimate relationship
The atlas/upper cervical joints have with the delicate nerves that innervate the head and neck. Joint dysfunction can irritate the nerve pathways causing neck pain & headaches. Research also shows us that the presence of atlas/upper cervical joint dysfunction most clearly identified cervico-genic headache sufferers. (3) There are a few simple and non-invasive tests that can be performed to detect the upper cervical joint dysfunction. Our treatment approach, which combines gentle upper cervical chiropractic adjustment with manual therapy and specific self-care exercises, is successful at resolving the pain for many of our patients. We address the cause not the symptoms.
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2. Henry P, Dartigues J, Puymirat C, Peytour P, Lucas J. The association cervicalgia-headaches: An epidemiologic study. Cephalalgia. 1987;7(Suppl 6):189–190
3. Zito G, Jull G, Story I. Clinical tests of musculoskeletal dysfunction in the diagnosis of cervicogenic headache. Man Ther. 2006;11:118–12