There are a plethora of potential causes of headaches and migraines including stress, lack of sleep, cervicogenic tension, nutritional deficiencies, etc.
- Reducing the intensity of the headache
- Reducing the frequency of headaches
- Relieving the headache
As Chiropractors, the most common cause of headaches we see are due to cervicogenic tension. Cervicogenic tension headaches are typically described as a headache that feels “tense” and radiates from the base of the skull around the scalp to behind your eyes.
Muscular tension and lack of upper cervical spine joint range of motion may result in cervicogenic headaches as the sensory nerves to the scalp arise out of the suboccipital musculature. Excessive tension of these suboccipital muscles may result in pain referral around the scalp providing a sense of pressure and tension.
Patients with Cervicogenic Tension headaches respond favorably and get relief from muscular release and chiropractic cervical manipulation. In addition, we can provide ergonomic advice and certain exercises and stretches to help alleviate muscular tension and retain joint range of motion.