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Headache - It is estimated that some 15,000,000 Americans suffer from chronic recurrent headaches, commonly called Migraine. Recent research has suggested that many headaches diagnosed as Migraine should have been diagnosed as Cervicogenic Headache, meaning headache arising out of the neck. Both headaches have similar symptoms, pain usually involving one side of the head, nausea, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, irritable, prolonged headache can develop into vomiting, diarrhea or constipation. Visual warning signs, called Aura’s, may also be common to both types of headaches. An aura may be spots in the field of vision, zig-zag lines, or blind spots in the visual field. Auras are known to occur from hyper-excited nerves in the brain.

So if the symptoms are the same, how do you know which headache you suffer from? Actually, from a Chiropractic standpoint it doesn’t matter. Research has shown Chiropractic adjustments, or manipulation to be an effective treatment for both. However, Cervicogenic headaches usually start with pain in the back of the neck, often by the base of the skull. Tension headaches may also start in a similar fashion. Now you begin to understand why exact diagnosis can be difficult to accurately pin down.

Chiropractors approach all of these types of headache in a similar fashion. By detecting and correct vertebral misalignments usually in the upper neck, a reduction in headache pain is sometimes immediately felt. At a minimum, Chiropractic care can reduce the severity and frequency of headaches, rather Migraine, Tension or Cervicogenic.

With continued treatment, and mapping of the headache history, the ultimate goal would be complete recovery and prevention of headaches all together.

“I begin adjusting headache patients on the first visit.”, says Dr. Routley. “I also encourage patients to begin keeping a diary of time, location, activities, foods, smells, stresses, time of day, anything that we can find to be a common denominator for the onset of a headache. Another great tool for headaches sufferers is find a quiet, dark room to lay down, and to place a rolled towel under their neck with some low heat to the neck.”, adds Dr. Routley.

Chiropractic is safe and effective for many, many health problems.

Common Migraine Triggers:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Missed meals
  • Hormones
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Changes in barometric pressure
  • Changes in altitude
  • Certain foods - especially with food additives like Nitrates or MSG

These triggers may also precipitate other forms of headache. Speak with Dr. Routley about how these may be aggravating your headache condition.

If you or someone you know suffers from headaches, have them call Dr. Routley’s office today.  Don’t treat the symptoms of a headache, let Dr. Routley help you get at the cause of your headaches. Call today!    231-972-4141