How To Fix Cervicogenic Headaches
Fort Collins, CO
Unlike many other headaches that can have several different causes, the cause of cervicogenic headaches is very specific – the spinal joints and nerves within your neck. Because there is no guesswork regarding the exact cause; it is often much easier to fix and prevent them compared to other headache types. The structures involved are fairly basic – joints, nerves and intervertebral discs (the cushions between your vertebrae). All three of them respond very well to natural care. Below are three easy things you can do to prevent and even end your Fort Collins cervicogenic headaches. Start today and you will get natural relief soon!
Natural Care for the Spine
No other health care profession, exercise or new gadget is capable of providing the natural support your spine needs like chiropractic can. The exact body parts that cause these headaches are chiropractors’ main focus as doctors – spinal joints, spinal nerves and intervertebral discs. Until these structures get the attention they so desperately need, your cervicogenic headaches will continue. A good chiropractor can determine the exact joint(s) causing your pain. Sometimes the problematic spot is even obvious on x-ray. Once located, the joint is given the exact adjustment needed for its misalignment. This takes instant pressure off the involved nerve and allows the joint to move more like it should. Some new patients get an instant reduction in pain after their first adjustment. For others it may take several visits. This depends on your specific situation, as well as your age and overall health. Regardless of how you feel immediately, each time the joint is adjusted it will progressively become less inflamed and regain its normal function. If you have heard or think that chiropractic adjustments need to be scary and vicious, you are wrong! Chiropractors vary A LOT. I personally use the Gonstead technique for all my adjusting because it is so comfortable, safe and effective. If you are suffering from cervicogenic headaches in Fort Collins, make an appointment with a chiropractor this week and get back the quality of life you deserve.
Movement Is Life
Joints are made to move. Not only is that their purpose, but motion actually nourishes a joint by pumping vital fluid and nutrients into the joint space. Retaining a full range of motion within your spine is essential to having a healthy nervous system. Once these joints become ‘stuck’ and are not free to bend and rotate as they should, symptoms such as cervicogenic headaches can result. Aside from a seeing a Fort Collins chiropractor, maintaining an active lifestyle and daily stretching are additional ways to retain this motion. For these types of headaches, you want to carefully stretch out your neck thoroughly every day. Whenever you stretch the spine, always do so with slow, controlled movements. No sudden movements. Make sure you are holding each stretch at your end range for a count of 10 seconds. Do this a minimum of once per day. A daily stretching regimen ensures these joints are being moved through their full range of motion at least on a daily basis.
Sleeping With Proper Neck Support
We spend roughly one third of our life asleep. This is a substantial amount of time for your neck to remain motionless and in a specific position. How you sleep can really affect your body in many ways. The spinal dysfunction that causes a person’s cervicogenic headaches is often due to the way they sleep. I have seen it countless times as a doctor that fixes headaches in Fort Collins. There are only a few ‘rules’ regarding sleep and headaches you need to know. First of all, it is always best to sleep on your back. Sleeping on your side is second best but bad for the upper body. Stomach sleeping is the worst and should be avoided at all costs. These headaches are especially prone to occur in stomach sleepers. So if you are a stomach sleeper, sleeping on your back on a regular basis is the first step to finding natural relief from your headaches. If you can’t sleep on your back now, start making an effort to learn how to. Whether you sleep on your back or your side, the pillow you use should only fill in the gap between your head/shoulders and the bed. It should not be overly thick or elevate your head much at all. It should also support the natural curve of the neck and keep your head neutral. I prefer the newer styled contour pillows. They are contoured to fit the curve of your neck yet are thin in other areas to accommodate your head. These pillows provide all the necessary support in just the right spots and are also affordable.
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