Cervicogenic Headaches and Vertigo
What Is A Cervicogenic Headache?
Cervicogenic headaches are a chronic or re-occurring headache that arises from a source in the neck or base of the skull and is perceived in the face or head. Headaches that are caused by the cervical spine are commonly misdiagnosed and accounts for 4.1% to 53% of all headaches (percentages vary between studies). The presenting symptoms can be complex and similar to other forms of a primary headache syndrome.
How Can A Physiotherapist Help?
Generally cervicogenic headaches result from a dysfunction in the upper cervical spine between C0-C3. A physiotherapist can complete a cervical spine assessment and determine what factors are involved with your condition such as joint and muscular restrictions. Therapy generally involves joint mobilisations, soft tissue release and home exercises including posture retraining if required.
What Can I Do?
Posture has a significant impact on the upper cervical spine with regards to loading. Improving your posture and ergonomic set up when using any devices (computer, phone, tablet, T.V) can have a significant impact on the cervical spine loading and headache pain.