Upper Cervical Care for Headache pain
About the condition
Nearly every one of us will experience a headache (also called cephalgia) at some time in our lives. Headache is a general term for pain in or around the head and can have a large variety of causes from the serious (meningitis, stroke, or brain tumors) to the benign (sinus cold, neck tension, or hitting your head).
More than 99% of headaches across the board are of the benign type (no life-threatening underlying condition) and the great majority of those fall into either the classification of being a tension headache or migraine headache.Your best way to differentiate between a serious and benign headache is to see a qualified health professional.
Theory of how upper cervical treatment helps
Since migraine headaches
are covered on different part of the website, we’ll focus on the tension headaches here. Tension headaches (as the name implies) are caused by prolonged tension of the muscles of the neck and head which pulls on the connections of those muscles to the skull, irritating it and causing pain.
At Providence Chiropractic, we see consistently that misalignment of the top bones in the neck cause a bracing to occur within the muscles of that area, putting those muscles under constant elevated tension and causing tension headaches or at least making a person more prone to them.
Common aggravating activities of tension headaches include reading, sewing, and other activities where the head is flexed forward (looking down) for prolonged periods. Also activities such as driving and computer work can be aggravating due to the often poor ergonomics of such activities.
The Upper Cervical care provided at Providence Chiropractic is designed to gently and effectively re-align the top bones in the neck back to their natural and more effective positions which in turn allows for the muscles supporting them to relax and thus relieve the cause of the tension headaches.
Some sinus headaches can also be helped through upper cervical care by the same mechanism and are aggravated or made more likely when the uneven tension of the head and neck muscles subtly shift the position of the bones of the skull, thus narrowing the drainage pathways of the sinuses.