What does the word cervicogenic mean? It means ‘something that is derived from the cervical region’ and in this case cervical means neck. A cervicogenic headache or migraine (CGHM) is one where the source of the pain is thought to be in the neck, but the major pain sensation is in some portion of the head.
About 45 million people in the United States suffer from some form of periodic headache and/or migraine activity. Those afflicted with head pain can miss days of work and give up productivity until relief is found. Some sufferers have tried everything Western medicine has to offer to no avail. In the medical industry, there are still disagreements as to what specific criteria allow for a definitive diagnosis of CGHM. Therefore, there are many mixed diagnoses as well as misdiagnoses of cervicogenic headache/migraine.
Some of the signs and symptoms of a CGHM are suboccipital pain, pain in different areas of scalp, pain sensation behind eyes or sinuses, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity. These signs and symptoms are more or less a combination of muscular tension in the neck and typical migraine symptoms.
Treatment options with Western medicine usually include some form of drug therapy such as analgesics, injections, physical therapy, and even surgery. These types of treatments do not find the cause of the disorder, but merely treat the symptoms associated. In doing so, things such as internal medications will probably be taken long term, possibly producing damaging side effects much worse than the offending problem.
Alternative medical treatments include acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic adjustments, meditation, tai chi, nutritional analysis, and herbal formulas. The benefits for these alternative therapies is: the ability to be used in conjunction with many other forms of therapy; little or no side effect; non-invasive; can be used long term without degrading patient health.
For more information on how acupuncture and alternative therapies can help you relieve your headaches and migraines, check out the articles below:
Most alternative and complementary therapies require some commitment of time and effort on the patient’s part. Nothing is gained without effort. An investment in health is an investment in life. Ask your alternative health practitioner how they can help you reach your health goals.