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Disclaimer: The following general information is provided to assist the reader in developing an awareness of of the many conditions treated by Chiropractors, and of procedures employed in treatment. It is not intended as a substitute for the reader’s consultation with their appropriate primary caregiver, and for an evelauation and recommendation following a comprehensive examination at Lakes Region Chiropractic. ~James Pamplin, DC (Lakes Region Chiropractic)

WHAT IS A TENSION HEADACHE?


Tension Headaches are often most common headaches. This headache is generally associated with excessive stress, poor posture, or improper ergonomics. Tension headaches are caused by tight muscles in the back of the neck which pinch on nerves that surround the head. These headaches often occur off and on daily and are usually worse in the afternoon. The headache usually starts in the back of the neck and travels to the sides of the head just behind the eye.

WHAT IS A CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE?


Cervicogenic headaches also start from the neck, however, they usually travel to the top of the head instead of the sides. These headaches are usually constant throughout the day and progressively worsen over time. Cervicogenic headaches can also be aggravated by the same factors that trigger tension headaches. Oftentimes, a particular traumatic event can be the source of these headaches. However, they can also develop over time without any known cause or event.

CONVENTIONAL APPROACHES TO CARE


Medication may be prescribed to help inflammation and pain. However, medication may provide only a partial or temporary benefit if the underlying mechanical or structural issues are not addressed. In some cases a person may experience a “rebound headache” after taking anti-inflammatory medication for long periods. The mechanism of a rebound headache is not well known; however, it is similar to withdrawal symptoms as a result of a chemical dependency to over the counter anti-inflammatory. People have described the symptoms as an intense “migraine like” headache occurring immediately after cessation of the drugs.

HOW WE MAY HELP


At Lakes Region Chiropractic, we will conduct an examination to determine if your symptoms are related to Tension or Cervicogenic Headaches. Our primary goals are to 1) Diagnose the underlying cause of your condition 2) offer natural treatment options that address both the cause and symptoms of Cervicogenic and Tension Headaches, and 3) educate patients on ways to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Specifically, we utilize a combination of chiropractic and rehabilitative medicine which may improve your condition without the use of drugs or surgery. A procedure that is used in the treatment of Tension and Cervicogenic Head Aches is called Myofascial Release Technique (MRT). This treatment is used to help relax shortened overworked muscles that are irritating nerves. We also apply chiropractic adjustments to joints that have lost their normal mobility. Adjustments may help improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation, thus, allowing injured areas to heal better. Personalized exercises specific to your condition will be prescribed as part of your continued therapy. They help strengthen and support weak areas and are designed to be done comfortably at home. During treatment we will advise you on developing healthy lifestyle habits and avoiding activities that may be aggravate your condition. As treatment progresses, your condition will be closely monitored with regular progress reports and periodic re-evaluations.