What is a Cervicogenic headache?
Cervicogenic Headaches explained by a Chiropractor. Accoding to Carnes and Vizniak, a cervicogenic headache can be defined as the following. A head pain that originate from the cervical spine (neck). This type of pain is aggravated by specific neck movements or sustained postures.
A Cervicogenic headache occurs in 18% of the adult population. Furthermore, it 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.
- Adjust work posture.
- Frequent physical exercise.
- Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication.
As a Chiropractor, we will treat the muscles involved. Either by massage, dry needling or even shockwave therapy. Thereafter, we will perform a neck adjustment, to release the pressure in the spine.
The prognosis for cervicogenic headaches is good. Together with Chiropractic care, home treatment and postural changes, you should recover completely.
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