Cerviogenic Headaches (Tension Headache)

What causes a thumping headache?

Headaches and migraines are awful and can vary from making you miserable, to totally incapacitating you. There are many causes of headaches and migraine, but most fall into three categories:

  • Cervicogenic Headaches
  • Tension-Type Headaches
  • Migraine

These different types of headaches and migraines can also co-exist and one type may cause another. For example, a painful neck can cause an increase in muscular tension, which in turn may trigger a migraine.

What are Cervicogenic headaches?

A cervicogenic headache is essentially a referred pain stemming from the neck. It is classified as a secondary headache as it is caused by another physical issue, such as sensitive joints and muscles in the upper part of the neck.

If you suffer from a cervicogenic headache you may have a reduced range of motion in the small joints in the neck, with pain worsening when pressure is applied to certain structures or movements of the neck.

What are the common symptoms associated with a cervicogenic headaches?

  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Stiff neck
  • Poor concentration

Finding the primary source of your headache is the key to successful management. Our highly skilled physiotherapists can determine the cause of your headache, treat it appropriately, and advice you on how to prevent re-occurrences.

Your headaches may be easily treatable, so book in a consultation now.