Cervicogenic headache is pain that is referred to the head from the joints or soft tissues of the neck. A headache/migraine that can alternate sides will always be from your neck. Therefore the headache is caused by another illness or physical issue.
Do you have Cervicogenic Headaches?
People with cervicogenic headache may experience:
- Moderate to severe head or face pain
- Localised pain
- Intermittent attacks lasting hours to days
- Constant pain with superimposed attacks of pain
- Deep and non-throbbing pain
- Throbbing pain with migraines
- Head pain triggered by neck movement, sustained or awkward neck postures
- Pain from digital pressure
- Pain from coughing or sneezing
- Restricted neck motion
- Neck stiffness
Headaches associated with a straightforward concussion are treatable via physiotherapy, and it is believed that physiotherapy following the Watson philosophy can be of help with treating headaches associated with post concussion syndrome. It is thought that some of the other symptoms in post concussion syndrome (including fatigue, dizziness, cognitive disturbance and balance issues) may also relate to excitability in the brainstem and, as mentioned above, therefore be amenable to treatment following that same philosophy.
For full information on headaches stemming from concussion, click here.
Physiotherapy treatment to loosen the joints and soft tissue of the neck can lead to substantial and sustained reductions of headache frequency and intensity.