Are you struggling with niggling headache?

Could your headache be coming from your neck?

We see a lot of people in our clinic who have been suffering from headaches that can be effectively resolved with physio treatment for their necks. These headaches are called cervicogenic headaches.

A cervicogenic headache often shows up as pain on one side of your head or at the base of your skull at the top of your neck. The pain can often come over to your forehead and eye area as well.

Cervicogenic headaches originate from the upper neck joints and muscles. These can become tight due to the demands we put on them and as this builds it can create a headache. The pain is often aggravated by movement and often helped by rest.

Cervicogenic headaches can also create other symptoms. These include;

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light or sound

They are caused by activities that put prolonged or repetitive strain on the neck’s soft tissue structures, joints, and nerves.  Some of the most common causes include:

  • Poor neck posture
  • Prolonged neck flexion (Phone use!)
  • Long days at the desk

How can we help Cervicogenic Headaches?

There are multiple treatment options that allow us to individualise the treatment to each patient. The common treatments include;

·         Manual therapy
·         Stretching
·         Muscle Strengthening
·         Posture correction
·         Dry needling
·         Scenar therapy

Cervicogenic headaches usually respond very well to physiotherapy treatment. Many cases improve quickly with treatment while some require a more involved treatment program. There are also some beneficial home exercises that we can teach you.

If your headaches are slowing you down, come see us at Back to Health Physiotherapy.