The pain felt with referred pain is usually deep, and it is difficult to pinpoint where the exact location is. At times, however, referred pain can result in numbness, pins and needles or tingling in areas of the body.
There are many conditions that involve referred pain. A very common example is headaches, in which pain is referred to the base of the skull, the top of the head, the forehead, or to the temples. The source of the problem with headaches is most often the joints or muscles of the neck. Pain sensations travel through the nerves between the neck and head, and confusion in the nerve pathways results in pain being felt in the forehead, or temples.
The treatment will certainly involve correction of your subluxations and may involve stretching and massage techniques to tight and tender muscles. You may also be given exercises based on your personal need and fitness level. Supervised exercise-programs have been shown to be far more effective than unsupervised programs.
Chiropractors are specially trained to locate the underlying source of pain, and restore proper function to the area. A thorough physical, neurological and movement examination of the spine may detect subluxations (misaligned vertebrae) that irritate the delicate spinal nerves that cause referred pain.