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


Physiotherapy treatment to loosen the joints and soft tissue of the neck can lead to substantial and sustained reductions of headache frequency and intensity.