Updated: Jul 8, 2021
WHAT IS IT?
Cervicogenic headache refers to headache that originates from the neck and it is one of the most common types of headaches amongst others such as tension headaches and migraines.
HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?
Cervicogenic headache usually occurs when there are mechanical changes in the upper neck. It is an example of referred pain (pain arising from a distant source). It happens because the nerves supplying the upper neck also supply the skin overlying the head, ears, jaw line, back of the eyes and forehead.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
Cervicogenic headache can occur when there is a loss of movement in the neck such as in the case of wry neck or when excessive load is place on the these structures through prolonged activities, for example slouching, poor computing posture, carrying and lifting. It may also occur following a whiplash associated neck injury.
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
Cervicogenic headache is diagnosed based on the subjective features as described by the patient as well as a thorough physical examination. Experienced and highly skilled physiotherapists will be able to correlate findings and provide interventions accordingly. This includes treatment to relieve symptoms of headache and exercise to prevent further re-occurance.
CAN PHYSIOTHERAPY HELP?
There is large amounts of scientific research to validate the use of physiotherapy to manage cervicogenic headache. Our physiotherapists are highly skilled and use manual therapy, kinesiology taping, acupuncture and exercise re