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What is Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is a type of headache that originates from the neck, specifically from the spine or soft tissue of the neck. The cervical spine is the upper portion of the spine that runs through the neck and supports the head. Cervicogenic headaches are caused by problems in the cervical spine, such as muscle tension, joint dysfunction, or injury.

Symptoms of cervicogenic headache include:

  • Headache pain that is located in the back of the head, the base of the skull, or behind the eyes.

  • The pain may also be felt in the temples, forehead, or back of the neck

  • The pain is often described as a dull, aching pain.

  • The pain may be made worse by certain head and neck movements or by prolonged periods of sitting or standing

  • The pain may be accompanied by a stiff neck or shoulder.

Diagnostic Criteria for Cervicogenic Headache

Neck Injury

Clinical evidence from an examination can pinpoint neck or cervical spine dysfunction, which is known to be capable of causing headaches.


The development of the cervical issue and the development of the headache are related in time. Or improvement in neck pain causes improvement in headache.


Cervical range of motion is reduced and headache is made significantly worse by provocative techniques headache.

How We Treat Cervicogenic Headache

An extensive musculoskeletal examination is carried out. Paying close attention to the neck and upper back during the evaluation process. This evaluation will help to identify the structures that might be causing your headache by locating the site of your discomfort. I'll spend some time after the examination explaining each structure to you, including which ones are thought to be the source of your headache attacks.

Treatment for cervicogenic headaches typically includes a combination of manual therapy, exercise, and lifestyle modifications such as stress management,. Physical therapy can help to address any underlying issues with the cervical spine, such as muscle tension or joint dysfunction, and can help to reduce impairments and stop the headaches from coming back..

The primary goal is to address musculoskeletal cause of headache and reduce the frequency and intensity of attacks so that you can have fewer days limited by pain!

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