Headaches are a common complaint in patients presenting for chiropractic care. They seek chiropractic care because they find adjustments applied to the cervical spine and upper back region are highly effective in reducing the intensity, frequency and duration of headache pain. This is because the cervical spine/neck is often the origin of the headache, as the three nerves in the upper neck (C1, 2 and 3) pass through neck muscles in route to the scalp/head.
When the muscles of the neck are in spasm, the nerves get “pinched” or squeezed by the overlying tight muscles, resulting in headache pain. Each nerve runs to a different part of the head and therefore, pain may radiate over the top of the head into the forehead and eyes, over the ear reaching the temple, or to the back and side of the head. When more than one of the C1-3 nerves is pinched, the whole side to the top of the head may be involved.
It is well known that there are many side effects to medications frequently utilized in the treatment of headaches. Many patients prefer not taking medications for this reason and spinal manipulations offer a great remedy for these patients.
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