What Causes Headaches in the Back of the Head and Neck?
A cervicogenic headache is a secondary headache caused by a problem with your neck/mid back joints and muscle tension.
The good news is that by fixing your neck/mid back problem, your neck headache or cervicogenic headache can be alleviated. Approximately 47% of the population suffers from headaches and 15-20% of those headaches are cervicogenic (Page, 2011).
Cervicogenic headache symptoms
If your headache is caused by your neck you may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Neck pain which builds into a headache.
- Headache is affected by posture or specific physical activities
- Headache that increases with neck movement
- A restriction in the movement in your neck
The common location of pain is at the base of your skull which travels up and over your head, pain in your forehead or temples or behind your eyes.
Cervicogenic headaches are often on one side of your head but can spread to both sides or alternate from one side to the other. Some people can also experience some other symptoms such as dizziness, ringing in ears, changes in vision, nausea.
Self help, treatment and exercises for cervicogenic headaches
Please be aware of your body and take advice from your doctor before exercising if you have any aches or pains, or send us an email (email@example.com) for advice and guidance.
Using a heat pack/wheat bag around your neck and shoulders for 15 minutes will help to relax muscle tension and can ease headaches (make sure you protect your skin).
You may be more likely to have cervicogenic headaches if the front of your shoulder is tight.
Cervical Spine Retraction
Shoulder Shrugs + Rolls
Thoracic Spine Rotation
Cervicogenic headaches respond really well to treatment with a physiotherapist, sports therapist or sports massage therapist, so If you are suffering from ongoing neck pain/stiffness and headaches then please get in contact with us via firstname.lastname@example.org, 07835 712306 or book online.
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