When we help someone with a problem or injury, we turn them loose and see them periodically when something “comes up.” The result is that we have a whole crop of people who drop in the clinic not because they are undergoing a treatment plan but because they feel a headache coming on and they’ve learned from experience that if they come in for a cervical adjustment, the pain never materializes.
This isn’t chiropractic voodoo. A cervical adjustment that stops a headache in its tracks is the result of a simple biomechanical relationship. Your suboccipital muscles which originate on C1-C2 insert into the base of your skull at a place called the occiput. When these muscles undergo sustained tension and spasm the result is a large amount of cranial pressure and a headache. The adjustment releases the movement of the C1-2 levels and relieves this tension and spasm.