Is your neck giving you a headache?

While headaches are common, the source of a headache can be many and varied. Basically, a headache can be the result of anything that has a stimulating effect on the pain receptors in the head or neck. This could include stress, muscular tension, jaw problems, infections, injury, medications, dehydration and eye problems. And these are just a few of the many possible causes!

Did you know that the source of your neck pain could also be your very own neck? Known as “Cervicogenic Headaches”, they are headaches that are the result of a dysfunction in the neck region. Not to be confused with the slightly different tension headache, which can be caused by stress and strain in the neck and/or shoulders.

Symptoms of Cervicogenic Headaches

  • They generally occur on one side of the head – the corresponding side to the neck problem. However they may also be experienced at the back of the head, over the temples or above the eye/s.
  • The pain may be mild to severe aching and may include associated neck pain.
  • Onset may be gradual or sudden.
  • May occur regularly or last for long periods – particularly if the associated neck dysfunction is unresolved.
  • Is usually associated with tension in the neck, with limited movement.
  • Is often aggravated by straining and movement of the neck, muscular tension or activities such as driving or typing.

As there could be inflammation and irritation being caused to the surrounding musculature and nerves in the affected area of the neck, it is important to seek treatment to prevent further damage. If you think that your neck could be the source of your headaches come in to see our team at 13th Beach Health Services, Barwon Heads or Ocean Grove, where our knowledgeable Osteopaths can assess your condition and provide you with a personalised treatment plan to help get you pain free.

Contact our caring clinic today on (03) 5254 2668 or come and see us in Barwon Heads or Ocean Grove and let our team bring you relief. Alternatively you can select either our Barwon Heads or Ocean Grove Clinic and book online Here. > We also offer Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Pilates and Remedial Massage.

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