neck pain headache Precision Spinal Care Laguna Hills chiropractorWe’ve all experienced a headache at one point or another.  For many of us, a headache is just a mild annoyance that doesn’t prevent us from doing our jobs or taking care of our families.  For some, however, headaches can be crippling.  They can be severe and last for hours or even days at a time.

There are many different headache types – tension, cluster, migraine, to name a few.  There is also a category of headaches called cervicogenic headaches.  The word cervicogenic, when broken down, means originating from the neck.  We have had many patients at Precision Spinal Care come in with complaints of neck pain and headaches that occur at the same time. Traditional treatment options for cervicogenic headache often include medications, physical therapy, nerve blocks, and Botox injections.  However, in our clinical experience as upper cervical specific chiropractors, addressing these headaches naturally with chiropractic care may actually provide better, longer-lasting results.

There is a small muscle at the top of the neck that has been identified as a factor in the development of cervicogenic headaches. The rectus capitus posterior minor muscles connect the uppermost vertebra in the neck, the atlas, with the skull, which sits right above it. A weakness or imbalance in these muscles can be to blame for headaches that are associated with neck pain. Knowing this, the next logical question is what can we do about it?
At Precision Spinal Care, our major focus is on the alignment of the atlas vertebra. When we find a misalignment in this area and work towards correcting it, many of our headache patients find relief. What’s better is that this relief is achieved through a gentle upper cervical adjustment, and not with medications, injections, or more invasive procedures. We build plans of care based on each patient’s needs and only give gentle adjustments when needed. If you’re experiencing headaches that sometimes come along with pain in the neck or just beneath the skull, having your upper cervical alignment checked is the next logical step.

References:
http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/rectus-capitis-posterior-minor
http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org/cervicogenic-headache/