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Headaches - Gallatin Valley Chiropractic of Bozeman

The vast majority and most common type of headache is know as a tension headache, and account for nearly 90 percent of all headaches. Recently, these headaches are more commonly referred to as cervicogenic headaches, meaning "originating from the cervical spine or neck". These headaches are most often caused by a misalignment of an upper neck vertebrae, usually in combination with multiple trigger points and/or tension in the neck muscles. When the upper cervical vertebrae, especially the atlas lose their proper motion or are out of alignment, a small muscle called the rectus capitis posterior minor goes into spasm. The major issue with this is that the muscle has a small tendon that attaches onto the thin, pain sensitive dura of the spinal cord. The spasm causes the dura to be stretched beyond its normal tension, which creates a radiating pain up the back of the neck and often around the skull and to the eyes resembling a migraine headache. This is known as a tension or cervicogenic headache!

So what can you do to get rid of these headaches?  Simple...with specific chiropractic adjustments from a licensed chiropractor, this dural pressure can be released and the headache can disappear. With the upper cervical vertebrae functioning properly it will release the tension on the problematic muscle causing the headache.

Migraine headaches are different than cervicogenic or tension-type headaches. Migraine headaches often respond well to spinal manipulation but often require a multimodal approach involving dietary changes, supplements and/or co-treatment with other health care professionals.

Many people have headaches every day, and just learn to deal with the pain.... do not let this happen to you! Pain is not normal, and is an indicator that something is not right in your body, and it is very important to get it corrected and release the tension off of the nervous system. Come and get checked out at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic of Bozeman and receive a FREE headache consultation, and we will let you know if chiropractic can help you and your headaches.

Recent Research regarding Chiropractic for Headaches:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0161475404002398
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19837005
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0161475411000686
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11562654
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27884458 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21640251
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21298314
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20091561
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19836598

Gallatin Valley Chiropractic of Bozeman
626 S. Ferguson Ave. Suite 4
Bozeman, MT 59718
406-551-2177
www.gallatinvalleychiropractic.com

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