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Posted on 07-14-2016

Did you know that the headaches you suffer could be coming from your neck? Odd but true!

Muscular spasm and neurological signals of the neck are thought to radiate up through muscles and nerves into the head resulting in headache. These are called cervicogenic headaches, and include up to 20% of patients suffering from chronic headaches. Cervicogenic headaches are serious because they decrease one's quality of life by decreasing physical function, are often severe, and can produce symptoms similar to a debilitating migraine headache such as nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, and dizziness.

The cervicogenic headache is most often a moderate to severe chronic non-throbbing headache in the back or front of the head with episodes of worsening. There is often neck tenderness at specific locations between the back of the skull and the upper neck.

There are several causes of cervicogenic headaches:

  • Injury to the soft tissues or bony structures of the neck. For example whiplash injury.
  • Chronic awkward posture of the neck. For example working on a computer keyboard for extended periods of time.
  • Sleeping with an unsupported head.
  • Poor posture and alignment.
  • Weakness of neck muscles.
  • accumulation of untreated stress.

The resolution of cervicogenic headaches is best suited for holistic and chiropractic care because the cause of the pain can be treated effectively.

Lexington Family Chiropractic are specialists when it comes to treating the causes of cervicogenic headaches. We use all modalities available including chiropractic care, spinal and posture screening, massage therapy, corrective exercise, strength training, and more. Contact us today for an evaluation and pain relief.

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