Headaches Affect Almost Half of the Population
There are many different types of headaches the most common include; cervicogenic and migraine.
Cervicogenic Headaches
Headaches affect almost half of the population in Overland Park

Cervicogenic tension headaches are typically described as a headache that feels “tense” and radiates from the base of the skull around the scalp to behind your eyes.

What are the Symptoms of Cervicogenic Headaches
  • Present with neck tenderness and stiffness.
  • Headaches are unilateral without side shifty. 
  • Moderate to severe pain may begin in the cervical spine and progressively affect the occipital, temporal, frontal or supraorbital regions
  • Episodes may last hours to days. 
  • Characteristic continuous, fluctuating pain is described as deep but generally not throbbing
  • Symptoms may be triggered or reproduced by sustained or awkward cervical spine postures
How Do You Treat Cervicogenic Headaches
  • Spinal manipulation is a cornerstone of treatment
  • Myofascial Release
  • Therapeutic excersies
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What is a Migraine
Over 30 million Americans suffer at least one migraine headache each year.

"Migraine"; is a complex, chronic neurologic disorder characterized by recurrent moderate to severe headaches. 

What are the Symptoms of Migraines

Migraine progresses through various symptomatic stages

  • Prodrome
  • Aura
  • Attack,
  • Postdrome

Approximately 60% of sufferers report prodromal symptoms in the hours to days before headache onset.

These symptoms include

  • Lethargy
  • Yawning
  • Food cravings
  • Mood changes
  • Hypersensitivity to light, sound, or odors.
What is the Management of Migraines
Migraine treatment is subdivided into “abortive” therapies that seek to stop or reverse the progression of an existing headache and “prophylactic” treatments, which seek to prevent or reduce the frequency of future attacks.
  • Abortive treatments are most effective when given within the first minutes of an attack.
    • Abortive medications include analgesics, NSAIDs, selective serotonin receptor agonists, and ergot alkaloids. Narcotics are commonly used for the emergency treatment of migraine,
  • Prophylactic treatment is aimed at controlling migraine triggers.
    • Several clinical trials and research studies suggest that spinal manipulation is an appropriate treatment for migraine headaches. A Harvard study found that spinal manipulation reduced migraine days as well as pain intensity.
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