Cervicogenic headaches originate in the cervical spine (your neck), the pain can present in a similar way to a migraine the difference is that a cervicogenic headache is caused by pain in the neck (cervical spine) or base of the skull and a migraine is created within the brain.
A cervicogenic headache occurs as a result of stresses to the structures of your neck. Your neck is made up of 7 cervical vertebra and a series of muscles, ligaments and nerves, these can all contribute towards the development of a cervicogenic headache.
A cervicogenic headache can present as pain on one of both sides of your head and can also send pain into the base of your skull. Sometimes you can feel the pain extending into your neck and shoulders.
Chiropractic treatment for cervicogenic headache involves assessment of your neck to determine which levels of the cervical spine are affected and the muscles involved in creating your headache. Gentle manipulation to ease of the tension in the vertebra in your neck comfortably relieves the pain of your headache.
Goals of Chiropractic Care The main goals of chiropractic care in the treatment of Cervicogenic headache include:
- Relieve the headache pain
- Release tension in the neck
- Relax tight muscles
- Stimulate nerves
- Improve spinal function
- Reduce pain
- Increase range of motion
Majority of headaches are of a benign, simple and treatable nature however if you are experiencing any of the following, we recommend you consult your GP:
- You are over 50 years old and your headaches have just developed
- Your usual headache has had a major change of pattern
- Your headache is severe, and your eye has a bloodshot appearance
- Your headache has suddenly appeared and is explosive or violent
- You are experiencing slurred speech, vision problems, confusion, memory loss, problems with movement of your arms or legs
- You have a history of cancer and have developed a new persistent headache