Do you suffer from headaches? One of the causes may be a cervicogenic, or neck headache.
Cervicogenic headache has been proposed to account for 4 – 22% of all headaches seen in clinic (Racicki et all 2013; Watson 2014).
Causes of cervicogenic headache
- Dysfuntion of cervical joints – particularly the upper joints (C0-C3)
- Trigger points in the muscles of the neck and/or jaw
- Weakness of the muscles in the neck
- Pinched nerve(s) due to bony growths eg. Osteoarthritis, disc bulges, inflammation
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Symtoms of cervicogenic headache
- Tenderness/pain at the base of the skull
- Stiffness of the neck
- Loss of range of movement of the neck
- Pain that radiates from the front to the back of the skull
- Pain that is made worse with sustained movement
- Pain that is worse on one side of the head
- Temporary relief with self massage around the base of the skull or the trapezius
An assessment is a vital part of helping to diagnose a cervicogenic headache. MobilizeMe Physiotherapy Miami can help with a Gap-Free Assessment. Treatment options to help relieve these types of headaches can include the following:
- Dry needling
- Manual therapy
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