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Cervicogenic Headaches explained by a Chiropractor

Posted 2/27/2018

Cervicogenic Headaches explained by a Chiropractor.

Accoding to Carnes and Vizniak a cervicogenic headache can be defined as head pain that originate from the cervical spine (neck). This type of pain is aggrevated by specific neck movements or sustained postures.

This type of headache occurs in 18% of the adult population and occurs more commonly in females than males.


Signs to look out for:

  • Head pain, usually localized to the neck and base of skull.
  • Pain may refer to forehead, temple and ears regions.
  • Decrease in neck movement.
  • Often caused by awkward neck positions or neck movements.


How to treat yourself at home:

  • Cold or heat packs - for 10 minutes.
  • Stretching.
  • Adjust work posture.
  • Frequent physical exercise.
  • Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication.

As a Chiropractor, we will treat the muscles involved by either massage, dry needling or even shockwave therapy, thereafter we will perform cervical (neck) adjustment, to release the pressure in the spine. The prognosis of this type of headache is good, with Chiropractic care, home treatment and postural changes, you should recover completely.


For any additional info, please feel free to contact Dr Gert Ferreira at 012 663 1572 or send an email to


Links to our previous blogs:

 Types of Headaches

Why must we use Ice for back and neck pain?

Chiropractic Safety

Health benefits of green tea.




Dr Gert Ferreira

Chiropractor in Centurion