Cervicogenic Headache

There are numerous different causes of headaches:

Migraine headaches, tension headaches, cluster headaches and exhaustion headaches. Perhaps the most common types of headache we treat regularly is cervicogenic headache (CH).


What are Cervicogenic Headaches?

CH are headaches caused by a disorder of the neck and usually are accompanied by neck pain.


How do I know if I have a Cervicogenic Headache or another type of headache?

The typical features of a CH include unilateral (one sided) head pain that does not shift from side to side, pain is aggravated by external pressure on the same side of the upper neck, the neck may have limited range of motion and the headaches may be triggered by neck movements or sustained postures.


What is the best treatment for Cervicogenic Headaches?

A recent study compared upper cervical (neck) and upper thoracic (upper back) manipulation/adjustments (high velocity low amplitude thrust techniques ) against mobilisations (slow, rhythmical, oscillating techniques). They found that the adjustment group had a greater reduction in neck pain and a larger decrease in headache intensity, frequency and duration when compared to the mobilisation group.The full article is attached at the bottom of this page.

Here at The Physicaltherapy Centre all our treatment of CH are individualised to the patient, although usually involve massage, A.R.T., rehabilitation exercises and adjustments (where appropriate).

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