- Pain on both sides of your head
- Pressing or tightening quality (not pulsating)
- Mild to moderate intensity
- Routine physical activity does not make it worse (walking, going up stairs, etc.
- No nausea/vomiting
- Usually not sensitive to both light or sound (but sometimes one of those)
- Tight, tender muscles in the head, neck and shoulders/upper back
- Postural stress
- Emotional stress
- Sleep problems
- Typically just on one side of your head
- Starts in your neck, spreads to the back, side or front of your head and around the eye
- Neck pain
- Stiff neck (limited mobility, hard to check your blindspot)
- Painful knots in muscles around your neck and head
- Previous concussion
- Previous whiplash/motor vehicle collision
- Weakness in certain neck muscles
- Chest breathing instead of belly breathing
This is where we would insert a video of me performing some adjustments, however we haven’t filmed any yet! We’re working on this and will definitely be uploading some videos soon. In the meantime, I want to mention a research article that was published recently about chiropractic treatment for cervicogenic headaches. This study was published by a researcher from my alma mater, the University of Western States here in Portland, Oregon. For this study, they had patients with cervicogenic headaches receive treatment 3x/week for 6 weeks. Treatment either involved a light massage (control group) or chiropractic adjustment. The reference is here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29481979
The conclusion reads as follows: “There was a linear dose-response relationship between SMT (chiropractic adjustment) visits and days with CGH (Cervicogenic headache). For the highest and most effective dose of 18 SMT visits, CGH days were reduced by half and about 3 more days per month than for the light-massage control.” In other words, the group who had the most adjustments during the 6 week study period showed the greatest decrease in number of days with a headache. It also looks like the control group who just received massage improved as well, so imagine getting both treatments combined!
In conclusion, headaches are nothing to ignore because they can have a negative effect on many aspects of your life and in some cases can even be dangerous. Chiropractic care can effectively manage many of the aspects that causes some types of headaches without the need for drugs or more invasive treatments. If you or a loved one are suffering from headaches and would like to learn more about how we can help you, call us at 503-526-8782 or contact us here today.