How We Treat Headaches

Brad Muse  0:05 

In a lot of our videos, we talk about the spine and syndromes that are associated with the spine because that’s what we see a lot here at CCRC. But what we’re going to talk about in this video is headaches because that’s another thing that we see very often here in the office. And before we really get into the specifics of headaches, I want to give you a little bit of a differentiation between migraines and headaches. There is a difference between the two, but very often, they can have very similar symptoms. Migraines are going to very often be more so of a hormonal or metabolically influenced type of syndrome. And that’s going to require different assessments, different treatments. But like I just mentioned, it could also be a little bit influenced by what’s going on in the musculoskeletal system. With headaches, very often, they can be influenced by the musculoskeletal system. So, that’s where we get into our bread and butter of what we do on a day-to-day basis. So, with that being said, I want to give Dr. Meyer a chance to talk a little bit more about how we assess these mechanical headache cases.


Jordan Meyer  1:04 

Yeah. So, the medical term that we would see if it was a headache that we could be able to treat is called a cervicogenic headache, as he was saying. That’s actually headaches driven by the muscles in the back of the neck themselves as compared to hormonal. And so, a presentation we might see is someone describing a lot of sensitivity in their upper neck, like really, really high up. And then, they might also say that it kind of transfers to the temples. And that’s something that usually we think that we can help treat. And so, how we’ll do that as well oftentimes check with our hands to see how sensitive that tissue is. We might work on that through various techniques. We might also work on posture, posture is a really big thing that kind of creates tension in those areas. So, if you’re someone that oftentimes has a protruded neck and position with desk work and all the things that we do, that can make a negative impact into creating headaches. And so, we’re basically doing a real global assessment looking at your work positioning, the tension in your neck, the function of your neck. Do you have good strength in your neck? So, we like to, basically, be like a top-down approach, so to speak, and just see what do we need to work on, and give you an individual approach to this.


Brad Muse  2:12 

Yeah. And to give a real-time example of this. Myself, for example, yesterday, I was having some jaw discomfort. So, some suboccipital discovery, if you were to put your hands on the back of your skull and get right below the bottom of it, that’s your suboccipital region. And then, periodically, I would get legitimate headache-type symptoms on the left side. So, even though sometimes these things may not be presenting clearly in areas like the neck, maybe it’s the jaw that’s referring to the forehead, or it could be the suboccipital region, all these things are going to be interplaying with each other. We can have latent passive or active trigger points in muscles like the suboccipital muscles, like the masseter, some of the muscles of mastication, or chewing of the jaw. That can refer directly to areas like the forehead, like the temporal region, or even to the ear. So, there’s really no way to know how to treat a specific headache without doing a really good exam because not every headache is the same, just like every neck pain case isn’t the same. We won’t know until we take someone through an exam using something like the McKenzie method to determine what specifically is this person going to respond well to. So, if you have any other questions, concerns, or just want to learn more about headaches, we have some other videos on the YouTube channel. You can always reach out to us on Instagram, or call us at the office, or send us an email. But if you have any questions, never hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be more than happy to talk to you.



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