Do you get headaches and also have neck pain or irritation?
You may be experiencing cervicogenic headaches – A headache caused by neck dysfunction: nerve irritation, myofascial tensions, misalignment of the cervical vertebrae. The nerves in the neck get so irritated the pain radiates up from the neck into the head. You may just feel the pain in your head around your eyes and forehead and most often isolated to one side of the head. Or you may even feel the pain radiate up from the neck or base of your head to your head. Either way it's terrible to live.
The best way to get rid of these headaches is to heal the neck, improve alignment and get rid of the excess tensions of the soft tissues. What’s the best therapy for that? Craniosacral therapy.
CranioSacral Therapy is a highly effective, gentle manual therapy that relieves irritation and tension in the neck while improving the alignment of the neck. The light touch of craniosacral therapy melts away the tensions, frees up the nerves, increases blood flow, and relieves the myofascial tensions that are pulling the neck out of alignment. This therapy is the most gentle, non-invasive, and nourishing therapies around. The neck is a delicate area of our body that has to deal with our stress and poor posture, this kind of treatment is exactly what this vulnerable area of our body needs.
With continued craniosacral therapy and lifestyle changes, it is possible to have lasting relief from neck pain and headaches. Not only do my clients at Twin Cities Craniosacral have neck pain relief, but the positive outcomes have also been proven in a randomized control trial.
In this research study published in The Clinical Journal of Pain, the participants were experiencing chronic neck pain. Some of these participants received a sham manual therapy, a pretend light touch manual therapy with no craniosacral technique. The other group received a standardized craniosacral therapy treatment. They were all treated once a week for 8 weeks. At the end of the trial, the craniosacral group had clinically significant improvement in pain intensity after the 8 weeks and 20 weeks later! I find these results to be very exciting. Not only do they demonstrate the validity of this therapy, but also the long-term positive results people have from the therapy.
Interested in reading the article yourself? Here it is in full text https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4894825/,
Haller, H., Lauche, R., Cramer, H., Rampp, T., Saha, F. J., Ostermann, T., & Dobos, G. (2016). Craniosacral Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Sham-controlled Trial. The Clinical journal of pain, 32(5), 441–449. doi:10.1097/AJP.0000000000000290
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Janet Crow MS, CMT, CST-T
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