Executive Chiropractic of Iowa Offers Chiropractic Care for Headache Relief

West Des Moines headache. It’s a condition from which many people suffer. Cervicogenic and tension-type headaches are two of the more often talked about types. The cervicogenic headache is associated with issues with the cervical disc, facets, and joints. The tension-type headache is associated with the muscles of the neck generated by stress or peculiar head positioning. Both headache forms tend to respond to gentle, safe stretching type treatment like Cox® Technic used at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa.

SOURCE OF TENSION-TYPE HEADACHE: Neck Muscle, Stress, Position

Tension type headache is described as the second most common health concern around the world. A recent review of published papers for its care found that manual joint mobilization techniques, supervised physical therapy, acupuncture, psychological care, and patient education were as beneficial for decreasing headache frequency, enhancing quality of life, lessening pain intensity, and decreasing stress symptoms. (1) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa welcomes West Des Moines tension-headache sufferers as well as their fellow cervicogenic headache sufferers.


West Des Moines chiropractic patients want to know why they have a headache. A recent study detailed how researchers utilized diagnostic block testing to pinpoint the cervical spine joint source of the headache. Generally, the C2-3 level was the most frequent source. In patients whose dominant complaint was headache more than neck pain, the C2-3 was the source for 62%, C1-2 for 7%, and C3-4 for 6%. In patients whose neck pain was worse than the headache, C2-3 was the source for 42%, lower cervical joints for 18%, and C3-4 for 7%. (2) Not that every West Des Moines headache patient must undergo this type of procedure to be helped, but the results were enlightening for healthcare providers to aid make a diagnosis and treat headache patients in a better way.


In a review of published clinical trials, researchers stated that spinal manipulation was applied frequently to manage cervicogenic headache. Spinal manipulation was effective, supplied superior, small, short term benefits for reducing pain, headache frequency, and related disability compared with other manual treatment. (3) One relieving treatment called SNAGs (sustained natural apophyseal glides) has been described in the medical literature. In a placebo vs SNAG study, researchers found that SNAGs were effective for pain reduction and neck disability drop as well as range of motion improvement for women with cervicogenic headache. (4) Manual therapy approaches like this benefit headache. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa uses Cox® Technic, a gliding, doctor-controlled neck treatment for such conditions as West Des Moines headache and neck pain.

CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa

Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the effective, gentle treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with headache and neck pain and improved her quality of life.

Make your next West Des Moines headache chiropractic appointment with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa. Bothersome, life-disrupting headaches may meet their match at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa for relief of pain and disability.

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa delivers chiropractic care from diagnosis to treatment and relief for cervicogenic and tension-type headaches.  
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