The term ” headache ” encompasses several types of problems. It is important to distinguish the terms migraine and tension headache that do not suggest the same clinical features.

Definition of migraine

Migraine is a recurrent headache that may or may not be accompanied by visual (aura) or digestive disorders. The precise origin of migraines is unknown. Stress, fatigue, hormonal changes, oral contraceptives and diet seem to contribute to migraine headaches.

Definition of cervicogenic headache

These headaches, the most common, are caused by tensions in the muscles of the jaw, face and neck . This tension, called vertebral subluxation, is caused by a bad movement or positioning of the cervical vertebrae . Subluxation causes nerve irritation that causes hypertonicity of the neck muscles. Cervicogenic headache is pain on both sides of the head and may be accompanied by a decrease (painful or not) of neck movements. It is present especially at the end of the day.

The chiropractic approach

The chiropractor has the expertise to diagnose the type of headache you have . The chiropractic approach aims to stimulate the nervous system by increasing the mobility of the cervical vertebrae. The chiropractic adjustment will have an impact on the neck muscles via the nervous system. The chiropractor, by working the muscles and the soft tissues, will promote the relaxation of the cervical muscles.

Consequences of short-term headache

The presence of headache is a sign that there is a dysfunction in the interaction of the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems . This loss of function can lead to pain, inflammation and a significant decrease in the range of motion of the neck.

Consequences of long-term headache

The persistence of vertebral subluxation will cause degeneration and wear of the affected joints. This repeated irritation of the nervous system will cause hypersensitivity of the person suffering from headache.

Source: ACQ – Association of Chiropractors of Quebec – ACQ

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