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Cervicogenic Headache and Chiropractic

Cervicogenic headaches originate in the neck, and they often start with some kind of neck injury due to trauma or an auto collision. A new study shows how chiropractic can alleviate cervicogenic headache.

Chiropractic Cuts Headache Pain by 71%

Trigger point therapy reduced cervicogenic headache pain by 71% for patients in a new study. The patients also experienced a 59% reduction in neck pain symptoms, as well as improved range of motion and muscle function.

Trigger point therapy is a treatment commonly used by chiropractors to relieve trigger points (TrPs), or hyperirritable spots of pain located in taut bands of skeletal muscles. Earlier research has shown that chiropractic spinal adjustments are effective for cervicogenic headache, but few studies have tested the efficacy of trigger point therapy for the condition.

In a new preliminary study, researchers tested the effects of trigger point therapy for the treatment of cervicogenic headache. Twenty patients were randomly assigned to receive either trigger point therapy (TrP therapy) or a sham treatment for three sessions during a one week period. The treatments were applied to active trigger points located in the neck.

Patients receiving TrP therapy experienced markedly better outcomes than the sham group. TrP therapy patients had significantly improved neck range of motion and increased functioning of the deep cervical flexor muscles. They also had substantially reduced pain sensitivity, neck pain, and headache. On average, patients’ headache pain scores dropped from a 7.6 out of 10 to a 2.2, or about a 71.1% reduction. Their neck pain scores also decreased from a 7.4 to a 3.0 after treatment, or about a 59.5% reduction.

More research is needed to understand why TrP manual therapy lead to these improvements. It has been hypothesized that trigger points play a role in the development of headache, since earlier studies have reported trigger points present in patients with tension headache, cluster headache, and migraine. However this is one of the first studies to confirm the presence of trigger points in people with cervicogenic headache, and to suggest that trigger point therapy can help.

Chiropractors frequently use trigger point therapy in conjunction with spinal adjustments, spinal mobilization, and exercise rehabilitation. This study adds further evidence of the efficacy of chiropractic care for cervicogenic headache.




Is your Brain Under Pressure? The latest research & Fixing Migraines

Migraines, MRI Research, and Chiropractic

Dr. Scott Rosa, an Upper Cervical Chiropractor from New York, has conducted MRI research of whiplash brain trauma and how that affects brain positioning within the skull. Along with Dr. Raymond Damadian MD the inventor of the MRI, their research has shown that in many of these cases, the top vertebra of the neck, the Atlas or C1, has been subluxated or twisted out of alignment. Dr. Rosa and Dr. Damadian MRI images demonstrate how this Atlas misalignment “causes a pull on the brain and brainstem”. This pull on the brain causes a blockage of CSF, cerebral spinal fluid, the fluid that your brain and spinal cord are bathed in, as well as blocking blood to and from the brain. The CSF lubricates the brain and spinal cord and these blockages cause stress and decrease the flow of nutrients to the brain.

An obstruction is created when your the first neck vertebrae becomes misaligned with the head.. Look at your self in the mirror, if your head tilts to one side, you may have this. This malalignment causes a backup of CSF cerebralspinal fluid. When the CSF circulation pattern is blocked it has been demonstrated that their is an increased intracranial pressure, putting your brain is under undue pressure. This is now thought to not only create migraines but also be a contributor to multiple sclerosis, and more. When this misalignment was corrected by an upper cervical procedure, the Atlas adjustment, the studies demonstrate an immediate decrease in pressure by 28.6%, allowing the CSF flow to return to normal.

This research is consistent with the findings of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. Using MRIs in migraine patients they observed changes in blood flow in the vertebral artery, Atlas misalignment.

In 2012 I was fortunate enough to meet with Dr Rosa in San Jose CA and to view his research first hand. Dr. Rosa then presented MRI imaging of pre and post a chiropractic atlas adjustment that demonstrated the immediate the effect on brain placement. An adjustment of the atlas was shown to resolve the maligned tension and pull on the brain and brainstem! A single adjustment began to the unwind chronic patterns of brain trauma! The patient’s reported that they felt much better post atlas adjustment. These finding prompted Dr. Damadian to state that adjusting the atlas (C1) is a missing link in health care.

 

Chiropractors have always had great success with headache and migraine sufferers, and now Dr Rosa’s research has clearly demonstrated the physiology and connection between brain trauma, migraines, and exactly how the chiropractic adjustment is alleviating this condition and changing people's lives. Call today so we can get your head back on straight!

Preventing Migraine with Chiropractic

Many people reach for pain killers when a migraine sets in, but relying solely on drugs to manage migraine pain may cause a number of adverse side effects. A recent study shows how exercise is just as effective as drugs in preventing migraine headaches. Exercise and chiropractic can play a crucial role in migraine prevention and relief.


Headache & Auto Injury

The majority of auto injury patients report headache after a collision. You can learn more about the different conditions that result in headache in this video, as well as how to identify and seek treatment for their symptoms.

Vertebral Artery Injury

Whiplash from an auto accident can damage the vertebral arteries. The vertebral arteries are at high risk of damage because they travel through the cervical vertebrae in your spine. Learn more about the symptoms of vertebral artery injury in this video, and how you can seek medical attention.

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