What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?

What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?

Cervicogenic = caused by or coming from the neck

Headaches are a very common problem that can have multiple causes ranging from stress to trauma.  To make matters worse, there are MANY different types of headaches. One such type is the “cervicogenic headache” (others include migraines, cluster headaches, etc.).

The main distinction between the symptoms associated with cervicogenic headaches and those associated with migraine headaches are a lack of nausea, vomiting, aura (a pre-headache warning that a headache is about to strike), light and noise sensitivity, increased tearing with red eyes, one-sided head, neck, shoulder, and/or arm pain, and dizziness. The items listed above are primarily found in migraine headache sufferers.   The following is a list of clinical characteristics common in those struggling with cervicogenic headaches:

·      Unilateral (one-sided) head or face pain (rarely is it on both sides).

·      Pain is localized or stays in one spot, usually the back of the head, frontal, temporal (side) or orbital (eye) regions.

·      Moderate to severe pain intensity.

·      Intermittent attacks of pain that last hours to days.

·      Pain is usually deep, non-throbbing, unless migraines occur at the same time.

·      Head pain is triggered by neck movement, sustained awkward head postures, applying deep pressure to the base of the skull or upper neck region, and/or taking a deep breath, cough or sneeze can trigger head pain.

·      Limited neck motion with stiffness.

Infrequently, the cervicogenic headache sufferer can present with migraines at the same time and have both presentations making it more challenging to diagnose.

The cause of cervicogenic headaches can be obvious such as trauma (sports injury, whiplash, slip and fall), or not so obvious, like poor posture. A forward head posture can increase the relative weight applied to the back of the neck and upper back as much as 2x-4x normal. In summary, the upper three nerves innervate the head and any pressure on those upper nerves can result in a cervicogenic headache. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to examine, identify, and treat these types of potentially debilitating headaches.


How does chiropractic work?

How does chiropractic work?

Many people seek chiropractic care when their back goes out or their neck tightens up. But how does this form of care actually work? What are the benefits of receiving chiropractic care for nerve dysfunction compared with other healthcare options? Let’s take a look!

First, let’s discuss how the nervous system “works.” We have three divisions of the nervous system: the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems. The central nervous system (CNS) includes the brain and spinal cord, and it’s essentially the main processing portion of the nervous system. The spinal cord is like a multi-lane highway that brings information to the brain for processing (sensory division) and returns information back to the toes, feet, legs, and upper extremities from which the information originated (motor division). For example, hiking on a mountain trail or simply walking requires constant input to and from the CNS so we can adjust our balance accordingly and not fall. These “sensory-motor pathways” are essential and allow us to complete our daily tasks in an efficient, safe manner as information is constantly bouncing back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body.

The peripheral nervous system (PNS) includes a similar sensory/motor “two-way street” system relaying information back and forth from our toes/feet/legs and fingers/hands/arms to the spinal cord (CNS). And if this isn’t complicated enough, we also have “reflexes” that, for example, allow us to QUICKLY pull our hand away from a hot stove to minimize burning our fingers.

Reflexes allow the information to “skip” the brain’s processing part so quicker reactions can occur. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) includes the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions that basically “run” our automatic (organ) functions like breathing, heart rate, digestion, hormonal output, and more. There is constant communication between the ANS, PNS, and CNS that allow us to function in a normal, balanced way… unless something disrupts them.

There are obvious conditions that interfere with this communication process that include (but are not limited to) diabetes (with neuropathy), frost bitten or burned fingers, peripheral nerve damage from conditions like carpal/cubital tunnel syndromes, thoracic outlet syndrome, and/or pinched nerves in the neck, mid-back, low-back spinal regions, as well as conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Guillain-Barre Syndrome, after a stroke (spinal cord or brain), and after trauma with resulting fractures where nerve, spinal cord, and/or brain damage can occur. These are “obvious” reasons for delayed or blocked neurotransmission.

There are many other less obvious injuries or conditions that can result in faulty neuromotor patterns and nerve transmission of which chiropractic services can benefit. The “subluxation complex” is a term some chiropractors use to describe the compromised nerve transmission that may occur if a nerve is compressed or irritated due to faulty bone or joint position along the nerve’s course. Reducing such nerve compression typically allows for a restoration of function. A good illustration of this is a patient who suffers from a herniated disk in the neck with numbness and tingling down the arm to the hand. The goal of treatment (for all healthcare professionals) is to remove the pinch of the nerve.

To realize this goal, doctors of chiropractic utilize spinal manipulation and mobilization in addition to other non-surgical, non-drug approaches that may include exercises, nutritional advice, home-care such as a cervical traction unit, and other anti-inflammatory measures (ice, modalities like low level and class IV laser, electric stimulation, pulsed magnetic field, and more). Given the minimal side-effect risks and well-reported benefits, it only makes sense to try chiropractic FIRST and if you’re not satisfied, your doctor will help you find the next level of care.




Chiropractic Care Can Help NFL Players Get Ready for Their Season

Many people look to professional athletes when they are trying to develop a health and fitness plan. After all, it is easy to admire these individuals because they have to be in top condition in order to play their chosen sport. For some people, professional football players represent the hallmark of fitness. These men take and receive hard hits during a game and need to be agile and quick on the field.

While it is easy to just emulate the workout routine and dietary preferences of NFL players, you have to look far beyond that if you want to be truly healthy. For instance, football players have to make sure that their entire body is in game-ready condition. This includes their spinal column.

Chiropractic Care Is Available

Did you know that all 32 NFL teams offer chiropractic care for their players? This might shock you, especially if you remember the lawsuits that came about after players blamed the league and teams for pushing narcotics to keep them on the field despite injuries. The lawsuits led some players to look for ways to control pain that didn't involve drugs of any sort. Some of them turned to chiropractic care.

Kinesiology is important to these athletes. The mechanics of body movements that are at the center of this focus come from a variety of systems in the body, almost all of which are connected to the spinal cord. Without a properly aligned spine, there is a good chance that the body isn’t going to function optimally.

Part of Comprehensive Care

The availability of chiropractic care doesn’t mean athletes are foregoing traditional medical care. Instead, they are using chiropractic care to address issues before they develop into medical issues. Chiropractic care can help prevent some of the most common game-related injuries that football players experience, such as neck and back issues that come with crouching down and tackling.

Tackles can be especially dangerous since they can compress the cervical spine, which can cause catastrophic injuries. However, chiropractic care can help align the spine so that it isn't impacted as severely when it is hit.

Football players who receive chiropractic care report less soreness and fewer aches and pains. Jerry Rice, for instance, an NFL Hall of Fame and official spokesperson for the Foundation of Chiropractic Progress, has remarked on several occasions about how adjustments have helped him both on the field and off.

Mr. Rice is in good company. Joe Montana, a former quarterback, also touts the effects of chiropractic care. Even if you look at more recent NFL athletes, you will find many who espouse the benefits, such as running back and Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush. “I look at chiropractic care as important to keeping me healthy and at the top of my game,” Bush has said.

A Growing Practice

Since the “no pain, no gain” train of thought has dissolved since the end of the 1970s, chiropractic care has boomed in the NFL. There is now even a Professional Football Chiropractic Society. With this in mind, it is easy to see why other athletes are following suit by making sure to include chiropractic care in their arsenal.

It is important to note that chiropractic care isn’t limited only to the playing season. In fact, even in the offseason, an NFL team’s chiropractors stay busy. Players know they need to stay in top shape, which includes taking care of the spinal column year-round.

Chiropractic care has a cumulative effect on the body. As regular adjustments are made, the body will begin to hold the spine in place, which will increase the effectiveness of the treatments and help the body function in the best way possible.

Golf and Chiropractic

Golf and Chiropractic

Chiropractic Care Addresses Some Common Golfing Complaints

Golf is the chosen pastime for many adults and some young people who want to enjoy time outdoors and get some exercise. While it might look like an easy sport, golf is very tough on the body. Anyone who golfs, whether for recreation or competitively, must make sure that they are taking care of the areas of the body that are under pressure during the game.

Chiropractic care can help to address some of the injuries that occur during the game, but it is also valuable for helping to prevent those injuries from occurring in the first place. Using a comprehensive approach to spinal care can help golfers to fare better on the links.

The quest for the perfect swing

In order to have a game that is at par or better, you need to perfect your golf swing. Working to perfect it is very hard on the spine. With each swing of the golf club, the spine is subjected to a compressive pressure that is 10 times greater than normal. This pressure can lead to injuries, soreness, and a misaligned spine.

Not only will you have to deal with the pressure on your spine while you are playing, you also have to deal with stress in the other areas of the body. This is especially true for the hips, which twist with each swing. The shoulders and elbows are also subjected to stress during a swing. This is why so many golfers suffer from “golfer’s elbow.” Wrist issues are also possible since golfers often use the “hit it where it lands” rule for playing.

Chiropractic care to address issues

Before injuries occur, chiropractic care can help to keep the spine properly aligned. This reduces the risk of injuries because it enables the entire body to work as it is intended to work. By doing this, you can lessen the chance that you will suffer from pinched nerves and similar conditions.

An injury on the green is a sure sign that you need to make a trip to the chiropractor. You’d be surprised by how many injuries are actually the result of the pressure that is on the spine altering the alignment. Sciatic nerve pain from hip movements, shoulder pain or elbow pain from swinging the golf club, and back injuries of all sorts can all be addressed through spinal manipulation at your chiropractor’s office.



Chiropractic Care Can Help Treat Heartburn and Related Conditions

Living with heartburn can make your life miserable. Some people might be willing to try anything just to get rid of the discomfort that comes with this condition. For many, including pregnant women, some options aren’t really feasible, and most people don’t want to eat a bland diet for the remainder of their life.

There is one option that some people might not have considered yet that can help to relieve their heartburn – chiropractic care. Since the spinal cord plays a role in every bodily function, it is understandable that a reputable chiropractor could help you find the relief that you need.

Focusing the Adjustment

When you visit a chiropractor and have heartburn or related conditions like GERD, you need to let the doctor know so that you can receive an adjustment that could help. The spinal cord nerves work with the muscles in the digestive tract to move food along. They also send signals telling the stomach when to secrete digestive acid and when to stop.

One of the causes of heartburn occurs when the food doesn’t move through the digestive tract properly and stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. This can lead to the heavy and full feeling, along with the burning sensation that comes with heartburn, and acid reflux. The other cause could be the stomach not getting the message to turn off the acid secretioin.

Continuing Care

Getting relief from heartburn can occur in only one visit to the chiropractor, though often times it takes more visits. The reduction many people feel is substantial.

The good news is that with more visits to the chiropractor, the spine will become properly aligned and remain that way over time instead of continually reverting back to the misaligned position. With the spine properly aligned, the spinal cord and nerves will be able to function properly without being compressed, pinched or impeded. This can help to provide long-term relief from heartburn.

You will start to notice that you aren’t getting heartburn as often once you have a few adjustments. As you continue the treatment, the frequency and severity should lessen. Of course, there is a good chance that a spicy taco dinner or ghost chili buffalo wings will still trigger a heartburn attack, but overall, you will experience marked relief from the debilitating condition.






Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Care

Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Care

Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Care

If you have fibromyalgia, you need to be very careful about all your activities. As you know, strenuous activity and even firm contact can cause a lot of pain, excruciating at times. What may not realize is that chiropractic care might be part of your solution.

Purpose of Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia

The pain of fibromyalgia may be due to pinched nerves and misalignments as well as chronic stimulation of your body’s “fight or flight” response. Your adrenal glands could be fatigued or exhausted, your body chemistry and nutrition could be completely out of balance. All of these issues may be helped by your chiropractor.

The relief from chiropractic care is cumulative. You might not receive the full benefits of the care on the first adjustment, but as the treatments continue you should feel better and better. Of the 20 percent of Americans who have visited a chiropractor for care, 80 percent report that they experienced significant pain relief and an increase in function.

Part of a Comprehensive Plan

After your chiropractor does a consultation and exam, he or she will have an idea if they might be able to help. Other things might be suggested such as stretching or strengthening exercises, nutrition, or massage. Keeping the ultimate goal of the plan in mind can help you determine what you want to do about each aspect of your care.

As far as the chiropractic adjustments go, it is important to focus on the entire spine. You might not have a full spine adjustment all in one visit, but over time the entire spine will be addressed. The chiropractor will usually start with the area of the spine that is causing you the most trouble. From there, you can discuss your symptoms and the chiropractor will determine how to help you with those.

People with fibromyalgia who have dealt with this note that the decrease in pain and increase in the range of motion are well worth the investment of time that it requires.






Chiropractic Care for Infants

Chiropractic Care for Infants

Many people think of chiropractic care as an adult only thing. But the truth is chiropractic can be extremely beneficial to many infants and help out with some of the common conditions that can cause fussiness in babies.

It is not for certain that your baby needs chiropractic care, but that is what the chiropractor will determine after a consultation and exam of your baby.  Generalized fussiness and incessant crying might be signs that something is wrong.

Chiropractic care for newborns is gentle

The care that a newborn will receive from a chiropractor is much different from the high-velocity adjustment that is usually portrayed on television. Instead, the adjustments feature such a light touch that it is unlikely that it will wake a baby who is sleeping.

When a baby visits the chiropractor, the doctor will examine the baby. This is done slowly and gently. Parents who are with the baby can ask for a demonstration on themselves that will show how light the adjustment will be.

Reasons for chiropractic care

While childbirth is a natural process, there is some stress on the baby during the journey. In some cases, a pinched nerve might occur. This can cause significant pain and might even cause neck weakness, but the baby can’t say what is wrong. He or she will just cry because of the discomfort. Chiropractic adjustments can help with things like pinched nerves, colic, ear infections, acid reflux and some feeding difficulties.

Because the cause of newborn fussiness isn’t always easily ascertained, it might take multiple visits to see the full effects of what chiropractic care can do for a baby. It is important to pay close attention to the baby after each visit so that you can let the chiropractor know how the baby handled the adjustment when you return for a follow-up visit.





Hip Problems

Hip Problems

Hip Problems and Chiropractic Care

Hip pain can range from minor to debilitating, but the need for relief is a constant that binds all hip pain together. There are many different ways that you might try to handle pain in the hip area. Some people turn to Western medicine, but others choose to try chiropractic care for this.

The Cause of the Pain Matters

More than 150 techniques are involved in chiropractic care. The cause of the pain can help to determine which types of adjustments you will need. Unlike what you see on television and in the movies, chiropractic care doesn’t involve only high-velocity adjustments. Instead, there are many gentle techniques that can be beneficial for people who have hip pain.

Oftentimes, it’s a misalignment of the spine or pelvis that causes the hip pain. While this is something that can occur because of an accident, it can also occur because of arthritis or years of overuse or abuse. In all of these cases, chiropractic care can realign your spine getting things back to how they need to be so that you can feel some pain relief.

Treatments May Include More Than Adjustments

Chiropractic care includes more than just adjustments. These professionals may also recommend stretching and or strengthening exercises, and maybe massage. These options can help to loosen up tight muscles that might be contributing to your hip pain.

As part of your treatment plan, you might also be given other instructions and lifestyle changes to focus on. For example, men might be warned to stop sitting on a wallet when driving. A wallet causes the body to be tilted, which can lead to significant problems. It can also cause the hips to be misaligned even when the wallet isn’t in your pocket.

The Relief Is Cumulative, Not Instant

You likely won't get full relief for your hip pain in a single visit. In fact, the first few visits might make you stiff. This is to be expected. As the treatment plan continues, you should feel more and more relief. If you do experience anything more than just stiffness, let the chiropractor know so he or she can determine if there are other issues that need to be addressed.





Do you suffer from Neck Pain?

Do you suffer from Neck Pain?

Neck Pain? See a Chiropractor

Neck pain is one of the worst pains you could experience, especially given how you depend on your neck to support your head. The average human adult head weighs 10 to 11 pounds, and all of that weight is held by the bones in the neck.

It's never possible to give your neck total rest because of the constant need to move and support your head. While some neck pain can be associated with an injury, other neck pain is the result of normal wear and tear and also the position of the neck during sleep. In nearly all of these cases, chiropractic care can help correct the position of the bones in the spine relieving the pain you are feeling.

Blood Pressure and Chiropractic...

Blood Pressure and Chiropractic...

Chiropractic Adjustments May Help Reduce Blood Pressure

Chiropractic treatments have many different benefits for patients. One of the benefits that some people don’t realize exist is that adjustments can lower the blood pressure. This is wonderful news for the 65 million Americans who have high blood pressure and the additional Americans who are in the pre-high blood pressure stage.

While some people might want to dispute the results of having regular adjustments, there isn’t much room for debate when it comes to blood pressure improvements. A double-blind study done at the University of Chicago proved that there is a connection between reduction in blood pressure and having the spine realigned.

Herniated Disc? See Your Chiropractor First!

Herniated Disc? See Your Chiropractor First!

Herniated Disc? See Your Chiropractor First!

A herniated disc is often a painful condition that can impact every aspect of your life. If you have a herniated disc, you are probably anxious to find some sort of relief. Some people will turn to conventional medicine and end up having to undergo surgery to treat the herniation. What those people might not realize is that there is often hope for treating herniated discs through chiropractic care.

Chiropractic and Colds and Flu

Chiropractic and Colds and Flu

Chiropractic Care Can Help Fight Colds and the Flu

Cold and flu season is here. While most people wait until they are sick to take medications, there is another option. Did you know that a visit to the chiropractor can help give your immune system a boost that can aid in fighting off the germs that will make you sick?

Digestive Upset? Think Chiropractor

Digestive Upset? Think Chiropractor

If you are one of the many people who suffers from gastrointestinal upset, you might be desperate to find relief from the symptoms you experience. One place that you might not have thought to look for help is from the chiropractor.

For Heel Pain, Try Your Chiropractor

For Heel Pain, Try Your Chiropractor

Plantar fasciitis doesn't sound serious to those who associate it with minor foot pain. However, if you suffer from this problem, you will find it anything but “minor.” This condition is caused by irritation to the plantar fascia, a band of ligaments that attaches your heel to the front of your foot. The fascia can become extremely irritated when the heel bone is jammed or locked-up and not moving properly. This can cause excruciating pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot.  If you are having these types of issues, you should make an appointment with your chiropractor.

Chiropractic Care and Runners

Chiropractic Care and Runners

Chiropractic Care and Runners

Running can be one of the great pleasures of life, a natural high every time you're out on the road. Of course, it can also take a serious toll on your muscles and joints. How can you protect them and make them as strong as possible? It's simple: See a chiropractor!

Sleep and Chiropractic

Sleep and Chiropractic

Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Me With Sleep?

If you have difficulty getting a good night's sleep on a consistent basis you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anywhere between 50 to 70 million Americans are suffering from some type of sleep disorder! There are many reasons and underlying causes for sleep problems, from disorders like sleep apnea, to lifestyle factors like poor diet or stress, to chronic pain, but we believe the greatest cause is overstimulation of your Sympathetic Nervous System (“fight or flight”). Sleep deprivation has a number of consequences: lost productivity, decreased immune system, exhaustion and upset moods. But there are a number of things that you can do to improve your sleep patterns and get some much needed rest.

Chiropractic May Help With TMJ (Jaw) Problems

Chiropractic May Help With TMJ (Jaw) Problems

Chiropractic May Help With TMJ (Jaw) Problems

The TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint, is the joint where your jaw ties into your skull. A TMJ disorder can ruin your quality of life, leaving you in excruciating pain and unable to enjoy daily activities or perform work duties. Help can seem hard to find, relief may be as close as your chiropractor's office. Even a few visits for neck and jaw adjustments can have amazing affects for TMJ sufferers.

Chiropractic Relief From Chronic Headaches

Chiropractic Relief From Chronic Headaches

Chiropractic Relief From Chronic Headaches

Everyone gets a headache now and then. Usually, time and perhaps an aspirin take care of the pain. Suffering from chronic headaches is an entirely different experience, one that can make life nearly unbearable. The pain can assault you at any time, keeping you from doing anything except waiting for the throbbing to stop. You may have tried many remedies to find relief, but the answer to your condition may be at your chiropractor's office.

Chiropractic Care and Runners

Chiropractic Care and Runners

Running can be one of the great pleasures of life, a natural high every time you're out on the road. Of course, it can also take a serious toll on your muscles and joints. How can you protect them and make them as strong as possible? It's simple: See a chiropractor!

Injury Prevention and Recovery

When you go for a chiropractic check-up, that chiropractor will examine your spine and lower extremity joints. He or she will be looking for imbalances, bones of your spine and pelvis that are out of alignment, and checking for locking of the joints in your knees, ankles, and feet and also any muscle imbalances (restrictions, tightness, weakness, trigger points).

With just their hands, chiropractors can realign things that are out of position and unlock any locked-up joints in your lower extremities. And, when things are unlocked and aligned they will move in harmony, reducing wear and tear and friction on all of your joints and uneven stress on your muscles.

If you've already suffered an injury, chiropractic will help you recover faster and much more completely. Consequently, your tissues will mend faster and you'll heal more quickly.

Keeping Runners Healthy

Simply put, chiropractic adjustments help reduce pain by enabling the body to heal uninhibited.

The holistic approach of chiropractors is particularly effective against referred pain. In many cases, a misalignment or subluxation in one area can refer pain to a different and distant area. For example, a kink in the neck could lead to an aching shoulder or tingle in a hand. In that instance, if your personal trainer rubbed or applied heat to your shoulder, it wouldn't diminish the pain for long. However, a chiropractor would adjust your neck thereby removing the cause of the problem and allowing the body to heal. Thus, your shoulder or hand would soon feel better.

Many chiropractors these days specialize in working with athletes. Hundreds of pro athletes find chiropractic absolutely a necessary part of their training. After you've been seeing such a professional for a while, you should have better posture, more confidence, and less discomfort. Especially appealing, you may find yourself running faster than you have in a long time — and maybe even faster than ever before!







Chiropractic Care can resolve many more health problems than people realize!

Your spinal column, made up of 24 separate bones (vertebrae), is what allows your body to move, twist and bend while protecting your spinal cord and spinal nerves. The Nervous System has been call The Master System because it's messages control and coordinate every muscle and joint, but also every organ and gland in your body. This is why we believe the first step in a healthy life is a properly functioning spine. You go to the dentist to get check-ups, why not the chiropractor?

Joint dysfunctions in the spine can cause neck and back pain. We know that. But they may also be causing many other systemic problems in your body. Isn't it worth getting checked? Symptoms are your body's only way of letting you know something is wrong.  Don't just mask the symptom, find out what the cause is and correct it!

Unfortunately, the absence of pain is not an indication of health.  By the time pain and these other symptoms appear, the problem may have been present for months, even years. The great news is that you can help correct and prevent these types of conditions with routine chiropractic care. 

Join the millions of Americans who have not only found relief from back and joint pain, but also found another answer, a pathway to wellness with chiropractic's natural, drug-free approach.

Corrective and then Maintenance Chiropractic Care have a number of benefits, as we have listed below.