What is Cervicogenic Headaches (Cervicogenic Cephalalgia)?

Cervicogenic headaches are also known as neck headaches, they are classified as secondary headaches as they are due to problems in and/or around your neck. The pain originates in the neck and is often referred from bony structures or soft tissues of the neck.

Such issues may be due to a neck bone joint problem, trauma or poor posture, resulting in strains or muscular tension. In some cases, it may even be the result of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. Cervicogenic headaches occur on both sides of the head, usually starting from the base of the skull to the forehead. Neck trauma, whiplash, strain, or chronic spasm of the scalp, neck, or shoulder muscles can increase the sensitivity of the area.

The pain is dull with a mild to moderate intensity. These headaches are worse through the course of a workday, but rest will reduce the symptoms. A lower pain threshold makes patients more susceptible to more severe pain. The headaches may last from 4 hours to 2 days. Cervicogenic headaches can be confused with Migraines and Tension Headaches.

Here at Precision Health we offer services such as Chiropractic care and dry needling which can aid in your recovery from cervicogenic headaches. Call (02) 9639 7337 or visit our website to book an appointment now!

Al Khalili, Y., Ly, N. and Murphey, P.B. (2022) Cervicogenic headache – StatPearls – NCBI Bookshelf,Cervicogenic Headache. Available at:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507862/(Accessed: 28 August 2023).

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