From the BSMC Blog


by | Jan 31, 2017

Do you suffer from persistent headaches?? Your cervical spine may be to blame!

A common cause of headaches is referral from the neck (cervical spine). Headaches caused by cervical joint and muscle dysfunction are referred to as cervicogenic headaches. Cervicogenic headaches are usually successfully treated by physiotherapists with great outcomes.

Cervicogenic headaches can present as a dull constant ache, that may be felt at the base of the skull and refer over the head to the forehead and behind the eyes. It may be felt on one or both sides of the head. They may or may not be associated with pain and stiffness of the cervical spine. They are often of gradual onset, worsening over time and may be associated with sustained or repetitive activities.

Physiotherapy management of headaches will include:

  •      Thorough assessment, including differential diagnosis
  •      Manual therapy including joint mobilization and soft tissue therapy/massage
  •      Postural and biomechanical assessment and correction
  •      Stretching of the neck and surrounding musculature
  •      Strengthening of the neck and postural muscles
  •      Ergonomic/workplace assessment

If you suffer from headaches contact our clinic on 52646 098 or book online for a thorough assessment of your headache by our physiotherapists today!