Introduction ‘Cervicogenic’ refers to ‘neck-related’, and therefore, the cause of ‘Cervicogenic Headache’ lies in the neck; more specifically, research has shown that the cause will be found in the top three spinal segments or joints.1 Consequently, head pain is referred from musculoskeletal misbehaviour or disturbance of any structure supplied by the top three spinal nerves.
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In Headache and Migraine One of the confusing phenomena about Cervicogenic Headache is that its symptoms can present as Migraine, Tension Headache or even Cluster Headache.2-6 So even though your headache may have been diagnosed as Migraine, Tension Headache, Cluster Headache etc., it may actually be a ‘Cervicogenic Headache’… and there is one feature, which
With Cervicogenic Management Recent evidence suggests that migraine is a progressive condition in which over time, episodes become more frequent, more severe, less responsive to medication, and last longer. Research has shown that by (surgically) treating/removing disorders (which were evident on an MRI scan) in the upper cervical (neck) decreased the long-term worsening of the
Is Your Headache or Migraine Preceded or Accompanied by These Symptoms? If so, this is a strong indicator that your neck is involved. Although neck pain is common in the general population it is even more common headache and migraine patients. In a study of migraine and tension headache patients, 76% and 89% respectively reported
Has There Been a Gradual Increase Over the Years? If yes, this is a clear indicator that your neck is involved. A gradual (as distinct from a sudden, recent) increase in headache or migraine frequency indicates that a neck disorder (usually stiffness of one or more of then top three spinal segments) is worsening, resulting
Where do You Feel the Pain of Your Headache or Migraine? This is a really important question for us because the area of your headache or migraine can give us a really strong indication as to which spinal segment is primarily responsible for your head pain. For example if the pain of your headache or