Headache Pain

80% of headaches originate from the neck. Usually an increased amount of stress and tension held in the shoulders causes contractions of all of the surrounding neck muscles. When these muscles contract, vertebrae can become misaligned causing pressure on spinal nerves, and ultimately pain. With a typical cervicogenic (neck origin) headache, a person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull which radiates into the temples, eyeballs, and forehead.

Symptoms

  • Headache upon awakening.
  • Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep.
  • Chronic fatigue or sleepyness during the day.
  • Mild sensitivity to light or noise.
  • Disturbed concentration due to pain or discomfort.

Treatment

Spinal adjustment in the neck paired up with soft tissue release has proven to be very effective in the reduction of headaches. If you are not comfortable with the Chiropractor adjusting your neck please let us know so that he can use gentler mobilization or muscle energy technique to achieve the same goal.

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