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Causes Of Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic HeadachesThis is a term used to describe headaches caused by abnormalities of the joints, muscles, fascia, and neural structures of the neck (cervical region). The pain originates in the neck and spreads to the frontal and temporal areas of the head.

  • Reduced range of movement in the neck
  • Repetitive trauma (work or sports)
  • Poor posture
  • Stress, fatigue, previous trauma are risk factors
  • Shortened neck muscles
  • Acute trauma (whiplash)

Pain may also be referred to the head from active pain carrying trigger points in the neck muscles

Signs And Symptoms

Common symptoms include a steady dull ache at the base of the skull, sometimes extending down to the neck and between the shoulder blades. It is often on one side but sometimes both. Most of the pain is felt in the head (behind the brows and forehead) even though the problem is from the neck. Along with this, symptoms may include nausea, light headedness, dizziness, tinnitus, sensitive to light and feeling pain down one or both arms. The neck becomes very stiff and the patient may have trouble moving it.


At Galway Bay Physio we have a variety of treatment techniques which can help alleviate the symptoms associated with these headaches. In particular we offer Dry Needling which is very effective at resolving these symptoms. We will also attempt to find the cause of the original problem and advise on the steps necessary to prevent the symptoms reoccurring.

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