Causes of headaches & migraines
Headaches & migraines have a multitude of causes but one of the most common is referred pain from your neck.
This type of headache is known as a cervical or cervicogenic headache which simply refers to a headache that stems from the neck. It is important to note that this is one of the types of migraine and there are other types such as vascular migraines.
Cervicogenic headaches are typically caused by damage to the joints, ligaments, muscles or nerves of one of the top three vertebrae of the neck. The nerves that supply these structures also supply the skin overlying the head, jaw, back of the eyes and ears and pain arising from the upper neck can therefore be referred to any of these areas on or around the head.
These headaches are caused by activity that places excessive stress on the upper joints of the neck. This can be the result of trauma such as whiplash, sports injury or heavy lifting but is more commonly caused by poor posture, prolonged sitting in front of a computer and other repetitive strain injuries.
If you’re suffering from cervicogenic headache you will often experience neck pain, stiffness and difficulty turning your neck, in association with your headache symptoms. Pain, pins and needles or numbness may also be felt in the upper back, shoulders, arms or hands, although this is less common. You may also experience other symptoms, including: light-headedness, dizziness, nausea, tinnitus, decreased concentration and an inability to function normally.
But don’t worry, help is at hand. Our physios are experts in dealing with cervicogenic headaches so get in touch today.
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