Headaches coming from your neck and shoulders; medically termed cervicogenic headaches
What are cervicogenic headaches?
Cervicogenic migraine headaches come from tension causing neck pain or pain in the back of the head. This tension can be caused due to irritation of the joints and muscles from activities such as strains, repetitive postures and lifting.
Effective treatment can act as prevention against migraine headaches, constant headaches and can assist in relieving the pain.
If you are experiencing constant headaches, using a preventative approach in replacement of medication is a better treatment strategy.
Body Consultancy are experienced in the treatment, prevention and relief of migraines and headaches. Book an appointment today.
What are the most likely symptoms and pain?
You will feel tenderness in the upper joints of your neck, tightness in your neck and tenderness of the muscles and limited comfortable nodding or twisting of the neck.
You will probably find the headaches have not responded to common over the counter headache medication.
Can these headaches be treated?
Yes, chiropractors and osteopaths typically use a combination of hands on treatments including manipulation, mobilisation, trigger point therapy and soft tissue techniques.
Is manipulation of the neck safe?
Yes, and a question many patients have when they come to see a chiropractor or osteopath. The research evidence indicated a rare risk of stroke noted at 0.001% and is the same risk factor seen in patients who attend a GP for their headaches.
If we feel that there may be some other cause for the head pain, then of course, we will refer you appropriately.
Is the treatment supported by evidence?
Yes, chiropractic and osteopathic treatment has been shown to be effective in the treatment of cervicogenic headaches and this is supported by data taken from control trials and case reports and by the Advertising Standards Authority.
- Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network: Diagnosis and management of headache in adults. 2008: 107
- Bronfort G, Nilsson N, Hass M, Evans R, Goldsmith CH, Assendelft WJ, et al; Non-invasive physical treatments for chronic/ recurrent headache. Cochrane database Systematic Review 2004, CD001878
- Jull G, Trott P, Potter H, Zito G, Niere K, Shirley D et al; A randomised controlled trial of exercise and manipulative therapy for cervicogenic headache. Spine 2002, 27:1835-1843
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