Cervical spine syndrome and headaches: two-phase treatment approach makes senseThe neck muscles are tense, the head is difficult to move and from the neck over the back of the head a dull headache spreads: This is what the consequences of cervical vertebra syndrome can look like. The treatment is usually done in two phases.
Headaches as a result of cervical spine syndrome are not uncommon
There are almost 200 different causes of headaches. About 90 percent are tension headaches and migraines. The third most common cause is cervical spine syndrome, followed by rarer headache types such as the very severe cluster headache.
Cervical spine syndrome is a term used to describe a variety of conditions that originate in the cervical spine. The causes are varied: general wear and tear of the spine, herniated discs, vertebral blockages or spinal stenosis can lead to pain and inflammatory stimuli, which can then trigger strong muscle tension in the shoulder-neck area. Not infrequently "only" tensions stand at the beginning of the pain attacks.
Usually the pain begins in the neck
Headache originating from the shoulder-neck region or. The symptoms start from the cervical spine and are often observed during long desk work and concentrated screen work. Stress can aggravate the symptoms. If the muscles in the neck area tense up, nerves can also be pinched, which end in the head area – headaches are the result. Also, in the long run, the pain-conducting nerves often become overly sensitized. The pain threshold as well as pain tolerance decrease: The pain becomes chronic. The pain can be so intense that the sufferer feels nauseous or even vomits.
Pain relief and muscle building are cornerstones of therapy
In the treatment of headaches as a result of cervical spine syndrome, the first priority is to alleviate the pain condition. The muscles should then be built up in order to permanently relieve the cervical spine. This two-phase treatment approach has proven to be the most effective in practice.
Medication can be used for acute pain therapy. Also physiotherapy. Massages can alleviate the discomfort. Relaxation exercises help counteract neck tension.
As soon as the acute pain is less severe, systematic muscle building should be started. The weakened muscle groups should be strengthened so that they are less quickly overloaded and cramped. In addition, trained muscles provide more protection for the cervical spine with its intervertebral discs and vertebral joints. In this way, a recurrence of the complaints can be counteracted or at least the pain intensity can be significantly reduced.
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