Headaches

Conditions / Headaches

Headaches are extremely common particularly in individuals that work at a desk or computer.  Cervicogenic and Tension-type headaches are the most likely to respond to our sports chiropractic approach. 

Muscular tightness and joint dysfunction associated with cervicogenic and tension type headaches can be worsened and reinforced by poor posture. Poor posture likely isn’t the cause of your pain but  may be a contributing factor by placing additional strain.

 

Cervicogenic Headaches

Many types of headaches have neck pain involved but cervicogenic headaches are caused by dysfunction in the joints and muscles of the neck.  Characteristics of cervicogenic headaches include: 

    • Limited neck range of motion 

    • Muscle tension with referred pain

    • Side locked/unilateral headache

Neck Mobility Tests

Limited neck range of motion with referral into the head is a distinguishing characteristic of Cervicogenic Headaches. 

Watch the video and try these tests! 

Neck Flexion Test: being able to touch your chin to your chest constitutes full neck flexion

Neck Folder Test: extending your neck far enough back to balance a folder is a good measure of neck extension.

Cervical Flexion Rotation Test:  flexing forward and rotating tests for movement in your upper neck. A common problem with headaches.

Tension-Type Headaches

Headaches arising from excessive muscle tension in the head, neck, jaw, and upper back. These are the types of headaches that plague desk and office workers and often worse with poor posture and stress.  Chances are you’ve probably had one. 

Tension-type headaches are the most common type of headache. Don’t worry. We can help!

Beneficial Chiropractic Services

Migraines

Our sports chiropractic approach helps ease the burden of migraines. Patients report a decrease in the frequency and intensity of their migraines with our hands-on approach. They often find themselves using less medication as a result. This is a huge positive because excessive use of over the counter medication can lead to medication overuse headaches more commonly known as rebound headaches.

Many times patients that present with migraines have underlying tension-type and cervicogenic components that when treated with our sports chiropractic approach, respond favorably. 

Migraines sufferers often have different triggers including hormonal changes, certain foods and drinks, stress, and exercise. While these are outside our area of expertise we have a solid team of physicians, functional medicine practitioners, and nutrition experts to help us sort through the dominating mechanisms.  

 

Are you looking for headache relief?

Our sports chiropractic approach is excellent at diagnosing and treating headaches. 

– Chiropractic Manipulation

– Myofascial Release

– Dry Needling

– Muscle Stretching

– Posture Exercises 

– Ergonomic Advice