Headaches

Many headaches are caused by problems in the neck and are known as cervico-genic headaches. Manual therapy and acupuncture have been shown to be effective in the treatment of headaches that originate from the neck. Other causes of headache must be ruled out first and if during our examination we find anything to suggest anything other than a bio-mechanical problem is causing your headaches we will most likely refer you to a more suitable health care professional.

If you are suffering from headaches give the clinic a call on 01476 501301 for an assessment to find out how we can help you. More information about cervicogenic headaches can be found below.

Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic headaches are headaches that originate in the neck.    During certain neck movements or positions, different forces are placed on the joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves of the neck.  These forces can cause damage if they are beyond what these structures can withstand.  This can happen suddenly due to an accident (whiplash injury) or gradually over time due to repetitive movements, positions or poor posture.  When tightness, weakness or compression occurs in the joints, muscles, ligaments or nerves, they can then refer pain into the head creating the headache.

Causes:

Cervicogenic headaches typically occur with activities that place stress on the upper part of the spine at the top of the neck.  Such activities can include poor posture for prolonged periods of time (i.e. office based workers and students), whiplash injuries (car accidents or sporting injuries), or repetitive or uncontrolled movements which cause muscle or joint tightness in the neck.  Stress can also be a factor that can contribute to the tension which creates the headaches.

Symptoms:

Most commonly neck pain or stiffness will be experienced in association with the headache, this discomfort can also extend into the upper back or shoulders.  The headache is usually experienced as a dull ache at the back of the head however this discomfort can also be felt around the side or the head or over the top of the head into the forehead and behind the eye.  Symptoms are usually experienced on one side however it is possible for them to be experienced bilaterally.  Occasionally other symptoms can be experienced including dizziness or light headedness.

Facts:

Evidence shows that Chiropractic treatment reduced cervicogenic headaches by 50% over a period of 8 weeks.

Cervicogenic headaches are one of the most common types of headaches.

Advice:

Watch your posture, try to keep your shoulders back and your head upright with your eyes looking straight ahead.

Keep hydrated.

Try to relax!