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Headaches and migraines can be extremely disruptive to everyday life, as any headache sufferer or their colleagues and family members will tell you.
Many headache sufferers see their GP or neurologist and have numerous medical investigations that detect no abnormalities.
This can be both relieving and frustrating. They often then rely heavily on medications, which only mask the headache symptoms instead of solving them. There are over 300 types of headaches classified by the International Headache Society. Many of these headaches (including migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, cervicogenic headaches etc) have very similar symptoms.
Pain that is felt in the head or face that is referred from structures in the neck is called a Cervicogenic headache. The nerves from joints and soft tissues of the neck link directly with the part of the brain associated with headaches.
This means that you may perceive the pain to be coming from your head, but in actual fact it is coming from your neck. This is similar to lumbar or lower back pain that refers down a leg (sciatica).
Cervicogenic headaches are very easy to treat with quick and effective results, but unfortunately many GPs and the general public do not realise how effective physiotherapy can be in alleviating headaches and migraines.
Symptoms cervicogenic headaches can include
What to expect with physiotherapy
The aims of physiotherapy are to identify the source of the pain and treat it so that we can alleviate your pain/symptoms.
We also want to identify any underlying causes or influencing factors so that we can stop the pain from coming back