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Cervicogenic Headaches explained by a Chiropractor

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.
Cervicogenic Headaches explained by a Chiropractor.

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. 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.

If you suffer from headaches, contact us or make an appointment to see your chiropractor.

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