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Headache and Migraine Care in Perth CBD

Woman with headache painCervicogenic headaches are described as any type of head pain which is referred from bones, joints, ligaments, tendons or nerves in the neck. Headaches can occur without any causes but often result following injury to the neck, whiplash from a car accident or sporting injuries that cause the neck to move suddenly. It is estimated that 18% of the population will at some stage suffer or experience cervicogenic headaches, with their presence being a little higher in females. Someone experiencing cervicogenic headaches will usually come to our chiropractic clinic in Perth CBD with one-sided head pain at the base of the skull or neck, possibly following a trauma. Sometimes the pain may also radiate up into their forehead, temples, just above or into the eyes or even their ears. They will usually relate that their headaches feel worse with certain neck motions, or that activities that require a sustained and awkward position of their neck increase the pain or discomfort.

The Diagnosis Process

One of the important things about diagnosing a cervicogenic headache is to exclude other types of pain in the head including migraines, blood pressure problems, serious pathology of the brain, meningitis, etc. Our chiropractors in the Perth CBD are extensively trained in the diagnosis and treatment of headaches. Whilst performing their history and examination they will gather enough evidence to rule out the more serious causes of headaches and look for signs to demonstrate a cervical origin. Some of the things to look for include reduced neck range of motion, joint dysfunction or stiffness, swelling or muscle spasm. A recent review of the literature surrounding the treatment of cervicogenic headaches with chiropractic treatment concluded that chiropractic is highly effective in the treatment of those headaches.

Providing Options for Managing Your Headaches

Our chiropractors at Central City Chiropractic utilise spinal manipulative therapy, muscle work including massage and trigger point therapy, posture correction and home exercises into their overall management of cervicogenic headache clients. We also like to make sure that once the headache is treated, we reduce the chance of if returning by looking at the original causes and addressing them. If headaches are making everyday tasks difficult, we want you to know that natural solutions are available. Contact us today for an appointment!

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