Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than in the past, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture (such as sitting in front of a computer). The studies show that chiropractic neck adjustment for headaches may serve as a good preventive treatment for migraines. Each individual’s case is different and requires a thorough evaluation before a proper course of chiropractic care can be determined. While upper neck manipulation might sometimes be an effective treatment for a cervicogenic headache, care must be taken to avoid upper cervical manipulative techniques that may pose a risk of stroke by damaging vertebral and internal carotid arteries.
There are many apparent contraindications for use of cervical spine manipulation, such as atlas instability in rheumatoid arthritis, nerve root impingement or disc herniation, osteoporosis, fever and other symptoms indicating disease or infection, use of blood thinners, carotid bruits, atherosclerosis, and so on. Since chiropractic care treats the nervous system, there is a risk of headaches from adjustments. Upper cervical chiropractic has one goal- restoration of function. The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck. If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour.