Cervicogenic Headache (Neck based headache)
What our patient’s say…
“I had suffered with headaches and migraines for years and seen a number of different chiropractors and doctors , Bob Griffiths was the first consultant I have seen who was able to understand the root cause of the issue and provide a treatment which has provided long term relief from a lifetime of headaches. I am so happy to say that they have significantly reduced after the sessions with Bob and through his practice of acupuncture, massage and skilled manipulation, I have finally found a prevention for my reoccurring headaches. I cannot recommend him highly enough”!!! Lucy Noel, UBS
We treat a lot of people with cervicogenic headaches at Pro Performance Clinics. They are more common in women and are generally caused by tight joints and muscles in the neck, shoulder and head region. We have successfully treated office workers, pregnant women, mothers and triathletes with cervicogenic headaches. Often, it is long hours at a desk with poor posture and high stress levels that aggravate these headaches.
Alternatively, we commonly treat long-distance cyclists and triathletes for headaches. Long hours on a road bike, in an awkward posture can create cervicogenic headaches. Often, there will be other factors that contribute to the headache, e.g. dehydration, poor diet, lack of exercise and neck instability etc.
Cervicogenic headache sufferers experience tight knotted muscles in their shoulder, neck and head muscles. These can refer pain to the back and top of the head, around the ear or to the forehead. Cervicogenic headaches can be mild, moderate or severe and can last from a couple of hours to a few days.
Cervicogenic headaches can be diagnosed following a full case history and physical exam by your Pro Performance clinician. There will often be very tight and painful knots in certain muscles that will reproduce your headache symptoms when gently pressed.
Cervicogenic headaches are caused by tight neck joints and muscles. At Pro Performance, we go one step further to find out what is causing your tight neck in the first place, such as poor posture or long hours at a computer. We find most people suffer because of stiffness in their mid-back, which creates excessive movement in the neck. This causes the neck muscles to tighten up and triggers the headache.
We manage cervicogenic headaches using a combination of treatment techniques and exercises to achieve lasting results. At Pro Performance Clinics, we always treat the cause and the symptoms of your condition simultaneously, helping you to live a normal headache free life.
1. We relax your tight shoulder and neck muscles using soft tissue massage, acupuncture and gentle stretching.
2. We mobilise and/or manipulate your restricted neck joints to relieve stiffness.
3. We address the underlying cause of your headaches, e.g. poor posture, pelvic/spinal misalignment, weak neck muscles, TMJ (jaw) dysfunction, faulty foot/gait patterns, a leg length difference, poor chair at work, poor diet and stress.
Your cervicogenic headache is very different to everyone else’s, so your treatment plan will be uniquely tailored to suit your individual condition.
As part of your treatment plan at Pro Performance Clinics, we advise you on the triggers of your cervicogenic headaches and how to manage them. Your tailored rehab exercises will strengthen your weak neck muscles that can contribute to your headaches. Patients who suffer with cervicogenic headaches often repeatedly click and stretch their neck. This is not advisable and if you feel the need to do this regularly, we will show you the corrective neck exercises to perform instead.
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