14 Jan 2013
January 14, 2013

Cervicogenic Headaches

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Do you suffer from headaches? If you do, you’re not alone. 47% percent of people suffer from headaches and a large portion of these are classified as cervicogenic headaches. These types of headaches originate from the neck (cervical spine). This normally involves the upper 3 of your cervical vertebrae, but can stem from your mid back (thoracic spine).

The Osteopathic treatment of cervicogenic headaches can be a very effective approach. An Osteopath will not only assess your neck, but your mid and upper back, take your blood pressure and ask you in-depth questions regarding your headaches. This helps to rule out many of the other causes of headaches. If your Osteopath decides that manual treatment is not the right type of treatment they will refer you to your doctor.

So how do you know if you may have a cervicogenic headache?

  • Gradual onset of the headache.
  • Headache is a general dull ache.
  • Normally at the back of the head but can also be behind the eyes, on the forehead and temple region.
  • Pain and stiffness in your neck.

If you have any of these symptoms Osteopathy may be the answer for you.

Victoria Sports & Rehabilitation Clinic is located at 1287 Nepean Hwy, Mt Eliza. Easy to access from Mt Eliza, Mornington, Frankston, Mt Martha, Somerville and the rest of the Mornington Peninsula. You can contact us on 03 9787 7702.

Phil Page. Cervicogenic Headaches: An Evidence-Led Approach To Clinical Management. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2011 September; 6(3): 254–266