Cervicogenic Headaches Explained!

cervicogenicSo you have a headache – but when do you know if it  needs treatment or not?  Chiropractors can help  with certain types of headaches – also known as cervicogenic headaches – but what exactly are they?

Cervicogenic headaches occur when pain is referred from a specific source in the neck up to the head. This pain is commonly a steady ache or dull feeling, but sometimes the pain intensity can worsen. This condition’s symptoms usually occur on one side of the neck, head, and face.

So let’s list the symptoms of a cervicogenic headache:

  • Pain on one side of your head or face.
  • A stiff neck.
  • Pain around the eyes.
  • Pain while coughing or sneezing.
  • A headache with certain neck postures or movement.

The causes of cervicogenic headaches can include:

  • Arthritis in the neck.
  • Neck fractures.
  • Pinched nerves.
  • Slipped disks.
  • Strained or sprained neck muscles.

How Can Chiropractic Treatment help?

Joint mobilization: 

A type of therapy in which your joints are passively moved for the purpose of improving movement or reducing pain. This treatment targets the cervical spine when used for headaches.

Spinal manipulation: 

This is a procedure in which a Chiropractor uses their hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a specific joint of your spine.


Massage is often used for headache management and prevention.  A massage therapist can relieve tension in muscles that are causing the headache.


Your Chiropractor can recommend a series of stretches and exercises to help keep this condition under control.  However it is important to mention that attempting to try and do some stretching or exercises yourself may not be helpful and could make it worse. Without expert guidance, you could further strain your neck or work on the wrong areas.

If you think you are suffering from cervicogenic headaches, or  you require  further information or would like to speak to a member of our team please call us on: Hitchin 01462 420077 or Luton 01582 579687, alternatively e-mail us on: hitchin@healesclinics.com or luton@healesclinics.com




Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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